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Topic: UC Berkely math Prof Marina Ratner: CC is a step backward
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Louis Talman

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Re: UC Berkely math Prof Marina Ratner: CC is a step backward
Posted: Aug 9, 2014 12:22 PM
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> You think that is something, you should see kids today.
>
> No algorithms and no word problems.
>
> Problem solved?
>


That's a totally different argument.

I never said that today's phenomena are right. You deny that they grew
out of other misguided practices because, you say, those other practices
didn't exist. They did exist, and I was a witness to them. And the
attitudes so many adults have toward mathematics are best explained by the
thesis that those attitudes also bear witness to those practices---not by
the suggestion that my experience was an outlier.

It's not possible to understand today's wrong notions without first
understanding what those wrong things are a (misguided) reply to. Not to
mention understanding that return to those older practices will not fix
anything.

There is no "golden age of yesteryear" for us to return to; if there were,
a great many more people fifty and older would show little or no
fear/hatred of mathematics.

- --Louis A. Talman
Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Metropolitan State University of Denver

<http://rowdy.msudenver.edu/~talmanl>



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