A sudden chill went through me in reading messages yesterday. Are there some on this list that are discussing NCTM standards without having read all the NCTM standards? Are there some on this list that do not have the standards book or ready access to it?
I try never to be dogmatic. However, this is one issue in which I am. One cannot discuss the standards, which are really guidelines, unless they have read and understand what the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics wrote. I would expect everyone reading this list to belong to or have an institutional membership with NCTM if involved with pre-college mathematics education in anyway. Most of us on the secondary level should belong to MAA or have access to the journals, also.
Forgive me if I am wrong, Annie, I believe that discussion on this list presumes and requires a knowledge of all the standards. If not, the discussion should move to the K-12 math newsgroup.
I also feel, having taught 33 years, that the quality of teacher education in mathematics has much imporved. Please don't blame anything on the "New Math" of the early l960's/early 70's. Most of my best ideas (and many that are appearing today) came from that era. And, I see that teachers are as dedicated today. Can you imagine that my first stipend was $3200 per yr. in the early l960's. And, I bought a car that cost what I made for that year. Golly, was I extravagant.
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