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Topic: National Standards
Replies: 11   Last Post: Aug 5, 1996 1:01 PM

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Rex Boggs

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: National Standards
Posted: Aug 2, 1996 5:19 PM
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> Are there common textbooks? I have thought that having common textbooks
> in the US would be a good idea.


Queensland only has a population of about 3 million people, so the
market for senior maths texts is not large. There are only a few texts
available, so by default there are common texts.

Having said I like the new courses, I don't really like the new texts.
In trying to have the first text on the market, the authors have
produced books with some rather shocking errors. I think most teachers
use the texts merely to get homework exercises.


> There was also a comment by Rex that a class he visited in Indiana
> was no different from the one he took himself 20 years ago. (I wonder
> if Euclid would have said the same [a similar] thing about the
> geometry class I took in the fifties.) Does this mean that if reforms
> catch on and last for 20 years that they are bad?


Well, no, but I would hope that in five years time I will have found
ways of teaching mathematics better, and that a visitor to my classroom
would be able to notice the difference.

Cheers

Rex






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