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Topic: Re: Standards
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Michael Paul Goldenberg

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Re: Standards
Posted: Oct 14, 1995 1:42 PM
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At 10:27 AM 10/14/95, Andrei TOOM wrote:
>Look for example on p.139 of `Curriculum and Evaluation Standards'.
>It describes what is called a `Real-world problem situation'.
>Actually it is a certain game. In which sense is it `real-world' ?
>I ADDRESS TO ALL WHO RECEIVE THIS MESSAGE:
>Who of you or your friends or relatives has ever played this game ?
>
>Another question about the same page:
>Some attempt of solution is dismissed in lines 5-7
>on the ground that it `has been determined to be inequitable'.
>Can you explain what the word `determined' means in this context ?
>
>Andrei Toom toom@the-college.iwctx.edu


I am afraid that once again, Andrei has drawn some rather questionable
conclusions.

First, the "real-world" situation is the distribution of pizza, not the
game. The game is a mathematical MODEL (one which is related in the text to
a famous problem solved by Fermat and Pascal). In the real world with which
I am familiar, questions of fair distribution of goods are a common
occurance. In schools, it's called "sharing." In the larger world, it's
connected to various questions of economics and economic systems. Some of
the latter include, supply-side capitalism, socialism, and communism. (Talk
about 'raising a red flag in front of a bull!)

Second, the mysterious word "determined" in this context probably means,
"somebody previously has figured out mathematically"; whether that somebody
is the class, the teachers, an expert mathematician, the author of a book,
or someone else is not made clear in the passage. The question is: why is
knowing who made that determination important IN THIS CONTEXT?

I would offer that Andrei's suggestion that there is something heinous
about the passage on pp.138-139 is unconvincing.

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