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Re: Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education
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Jul 2, 2009 7:53 AM



Arthur Benjamin is an amazing mathematician, and his words ought to have at least a small effect on our perspective. If you talk to international students, they study calculus in grade 11, and among other topics. Calculus is not the endall course, and we have to stop treating it that way. Further, and not that offtopic, most precalculus courses are a mess of topics that students don't even need to be successful in calculus. Perhaps, a look at the upperlevel curricula isn't a bad idea. No more messing with Alg/Geom/A2Trig, though... we've done enough with that... Respectfully submitted, George Reuter Canandaigua Academy
>>> "Bob Hazen" <robertjhazen@verizon.net> 7/2/2009 7:35 AM >>> It was a pretty short video and I'd love to talk at length with Arthur Benjamin about his notion, but I don't think his point was to not teach Calculus, but to place it in a different instructional sequence in the schools. As a point of consideration... we could even begin introducing the basic concepts of Calculus (change over time) in the elementary grades and build on it through the subsequent years. We might consider doing the same thing with Playground Physics in the science curriculum.
Just a couple of thoughts on a rainy Saturday morning in western NY.
Bob Hazen
 Original Message  From: "rbutch" <rbutch0127@hotmail.com>
> Calculus gave us the computer and got us to the moon...if statistics can > beat that I'm all for it.
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