Ron - I am reminded of a quote I have heard attributed to Amelia Earhart:
"Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no relief."
>Mark, > It isn't just preservice or new K-12 teachers who lack the confidence >to take risks. Many college and university professors without tenure are >also unwilling to take such risks for fear that low student evaluations >will hurt their careers. > >Ron
So at least that is an excuse (of sorts). And, of course, this is what the NCTM's Professional Standards are supposed to address. (Personal note: I left a tenured position to move to Texas, so I am aware of these pressures, but I need to follow my gut feelings on this and if some students give me low evaluations, that's a risk I have to take.) It's the TENURED faculty that don't take such risks that bother me (here I am speaking as a former deparment chair.)
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