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Followup Chapter 6 Everybody Counts
Posted:
Apr 2, 1995 11:38 PM


Based on responses and questions: 1. "Often, public discussion about mathematics education masks a HIDDEN AGENDA of values that have traditionally been carried forward by the school study of mathematics. Since the demise of Latin as a required school subject, it is to mathematics that many look as a vehicle to teach such qualities as precision, discipline, neatness, and accuracy. Mathematical truthin popular caricatureis certain, absolute, unchanging, eternal. Mathematics appears to many to be a safe harbor of calm in a turbulent sea of social and educational change. "Proposals to change mathematics education appear to threaten timehonored values that are deeply embedded in the public image of mathematics." p 76
2. Five areas deserving greater emphasis are: "Probability, which facilitates reasoning about uncertainty and assessment of risks; Exploratory data analysis and statistics, which facilitate reasoning about data; Modelbuilding, which facilitates systematic, structured understanding of complex situations; Operations research, which facilitates planning of complex tasks and achieving performance objectives; Discrete mathematics, which facilitates understanding of most applications of computers." p 83
Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225 ronaward@henson.cc.wwu.edu



