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Re: where's the math? so?
Posted: Apr 20, 1995 12:50 PM
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Where's the math?

IMHO, it's inside the child.

The having of discussions with and amongst children relating to *numbered*
(or spatial or systems) situations in their environments will evoke the
mathematics they need at that stage of their lives. If they have the
opportunity and are encouraged to engage in mathematical discourse about
these situations, and if they have mathmematically *literate* adults who
model such discourse as they interact with them, then they will be prepared
for wherever mathematics is going in the future, both in understanding it
and developing it, and for whatever their mathematical needs will be as

It is my *guess* that all of the necessary mathematics would evolve in a
timely and natural manner if our society ever had the courage to allow it to
happen. (After all, it all happened that way once before ;-) )

Lucille Peterson

Lucille L. Peterson
Math Leadership Program
Bank Street Graduate School of Education Tel: 212-875-4665
610 West 112th Street Fax: 212-875-4753
New York, NY 10025 E-mail:

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