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Domenico Rosa

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NY Times Article on Pseudo-Educated Students
Posted: Oct 25, 2011 8:37 AM
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The NY Times article

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/education/24winerip.html?_r=1&hpw

October 23, 2011
In College, Working Hard to Learn High School Material
By MICHAEL WINERIP

was posted by Haim at:

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2308383&tstart=0

Many college students are enrolled in the pernicious cycle of Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and College Algebra--where they continue to do the same mindless symbolic manipulations of meaningless algebraic expressions that they did in high school. The sad fact is that some of these high school graduates are placed in pre-algebra courses. In 1998, I developed such a course starting with a problem set like the one posted at:

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?forumID=206&threadID=1351161&messageID=4581379#4581379

Three years earlier, I had completely overhauled my College Algebra course, eleminating all the mindless review from the doorstop that I was required to use, and starting with problems like the ones posted at:

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?forumID=206&threadID=1339040&messageID=4442909#4442909

We have certainly come a long way since the textbook described at:

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?forumID=206&threadID=1948440&messageID=6744973#6744973

that was published in 1932 and was used in grades 7 and 8.



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