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John A Benson

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van Hiele
Posted: Jan 31, 1995 8:43 PM
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If we have a lot of students in high school geometry who are at level 1, does
it not make sense to tell them the truth, namely, you are not ready yet to
study formal geometry, so take theis watered down remedial course you should
have had in 7th grade and learn to identify names and shapes. Teaching a
junior high course and telling students they are taking high school gemoetry,
and even more , telling the collgeges they have succeeded at that course,
seems to be dishonest to everyone involved. If they are not ready, let us
teach a course that will ge tthem ready, but let us call it "getting ready to
study geometry" instead of calling it geometry. Yes, I know it is geometry
they are studying, but how much can they really know about geometry if they do
not have at least a crude basis in proof to supprot their knowledge?

John Benson
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