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Ronald A Ward

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"University Types"/Listserv For All
Posted: Aug 7, 1995 7:50 PM
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Having been on the faculty of several colleges and universities [as well
as several pre-college schools], I really do not think there is any such
thing as a "university type," any more than there is a "middle-school type."

I know university mathematicians who believe that K-12 education is
important and who are interested in the curriculum, students, and
teachers, and who are actively involved. But I also know of university
mathematicians who care only about their own research and are interested
only in a few colleagues researching the same narrow field, plus a few
graduate students. They teach as little as possible and aren't even
interested in undergraduate students, much less K-12 students.

I know university math educators who are excellent teachers, are involved
in both preservice and inservice programs, and interact regularly with
K-12 students and their teachers. But I also know some who are awful
instructors, who don't keep up, and who haven't been out in the schools
for 20 years.

In the final analysis, there are only individuals. This listserv is open
to anyone. It exists for the purpose of discussing the NCTM Standards
and related issues. But NCTM membership is open to teachers at all
levels from preschool thru graduate school--a very diverse group.

So, if you have questions or concerns, ask and express them. If you have
opinions, give them. If you have ideas or experiences, share them. Of
course there are other listservs--a plethora. But if you want to discuss
the Standards, I really think this is where you should be.

Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225

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