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David Moursund

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Registered: 5/9/08
[ncsm-members] Revisiting Dave Moursund's 1987 math education predications
Posted: Jun 21, 2014 11:17 PM
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In the fall of 1985 the National Research Council created a Mathematical Sciences Education Board (MSEB). Its initial task was to make recommendations on precollege mathematics education for 10-15 years in the future. I was asked to submit a position paper discussing possible roles of computers in such a mathematics education system. Quoting from (Moursund, 1987, 2014):

The MSEB held a working session of 20 mathematics educators during August 10-14, 1987 at the Xerox Training Center in Leesburg, Virginia. The five-person working group I was in focused on possible roles of technology in mathematics education in the year 2000 and beyond. Other members of my working group were Richard Anderson (Louisiana), Gail Burrill (Wisconsin), Margaret Kasten (Ohio), and Robert Reys (Missouri). I used my modified position paper as the starting point for the writing I did during that session. After a number of major additions and revisions, it doubled in length and began to reflect quite a bit of the thinking of our group, as well as some of the ideas of the MSEB. Since that working session I have revised and expanded the paper quite a bit more.

My initial work grew into a substantial paper that was published in 1987. The paper is now briefly described in a recent IAE Blog entry:

Moursund, D. (6/21/2014). Moursund?s 1987 Futuristic Visions of Math Education. IAE Blog. Retrieved 6/21/2014 from

It begins with the quotations:
?Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.? (George Santayana; Spanish citizen raised and educated in the United States, generally considered an American man of letters; 1863?1952.)

?What goes around comes around.? (Ancient adage.)

I believe you will enjoy reading it!

Dave Moursund

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