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Richard Sisley

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Re: Electronic Math
Posted: Jul 14, 1998 9:49 AM
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In response to this statement posted by Lin McMullin--

">You can teach a better math course with one, than
>without one. You can learn more with one, than without one."

Wayne Bishop said,

"This is completely illogical. Faith statements are appropriate in
church, political rallies as well, maybe company pep-talks, but not in
mathematics education. Show us the evidence - not tests designed to
require them, of course, that's stacking the deck - conceptual calculus
tests of say 15 years ago in which students now do better because they
have learned more."

Wayne, to jar our memories, would you please post a sample of a
"conceptual calculus test" from about 15 years ago? And, please, do not
send us an exam from a real analysis class for math majors or an exam
from an "honors calculus" course at some top tier university (I mean the
kind of course in which a few math majors are selected from among 30
other very bright and eager others who were not quite ready for a real
analysis course and are consequently unloaded on the math trash heap.)

What we might enjoy is seeing an exam from a garden variety first
college course in calculus. How about sending a copy of a typical first
course final exam from your university? Maybe we all need a reminder of
what we have lost.


Richard Sisley

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