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Topic: Re: abstraction
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David K. Pugalee

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Re: abstraction
Posted: Oct 14, 1995 10:54 AM
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Perhaps you should clarify what aspects of the standards you view as
David K. Pugalee

On Thu, 12 Oct 1995, Andrei TOOM wrote:

> On Thu, 12 Oct 1995, Judy Roitman wrote:

> > I thank Andrei for his confidence in me. Less facetiously, this is a very
> > important point that Andrei has brought up -- the Standards *do* admit
> > destructive interpretations. I believe that this is inevitable. Certainly
> > the traditional approach (never written up in a Standards-type document)
> > has extremely destructive interpretations -- this is why the Standards
> > exist, as a response to the destructive interpretations of the traditional
> > approach.

> Yes, the Standards documents give impression that they are written
> as a protest against something. But this is a silly and confused protest.
> Like in the Russian anecdote: ``Under capitalism man exploits man,
> but under communism it is the other way round''.

> > All of this explains why it is extremely important to show
> > how the Standards support good mathematics education.

> I cannot imagine that such an immature confusion can support
> good education. Honestly, Judy, you should admit that any
> more or less competent mathematician (including you and me,
> for example) can write a better text. The reason why we don't
> do it is that it is difficult to write a really good text.
> And we are not so silly that to publish something just
> because it is better than these childish `Standards'.
> Andrei Toom

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