>I wonder if anyone has a reaction to the piece by Professor Willoughby in >the new issue of MATHEMATICS TEACHING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL? Although I do >not agree with some of the particulars he writes, Professor Willoughby >seems to have presented one of the few balanced critiques/evaluations of >the Standards that I've come across.
I no longer subscribe to the middle school journal, but I'll try to track down a copy here. I recently read a paper by Judy Roitman of this very list, also a critique of the Standards, which I found very interesting. It (along with a critique by Prof. Wu at Berkeley) was the topic of a discussion by our Mathematics Initiative here at EDC.
(Judy, I don't know if there are publication plans in the works, but there should be.)
She makes solid critiques of specific pieces of the Standards, and explains why she still comes down on the side of Standards-based reform. An excellent read, indeed. Maybe if you ask nicely she'll let you read a copy too.
-michelle -- Michelle Manes Education Development Center, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org