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Topic: Re: Today vs. "The Good Old Days
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Re: Today vs. "The Good Old Days
Posted: Dec 10, 1995 8:16 AM
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In a message dated 12-09-95 wrote to nctm discussion
list <nct:
j> More to the point, let me give a quick example which I believe to be
j> factual. Essentially all high-school graduates from 1955 to 1965
j> fairly familiar with the idea of proof by mathematical induction.
j> (Note: I did _not_ say good at doing such proofs.) Today,it's
j> essentially none. I do not have any firm numbers but 95% then to 5%
j> now is

Were students in the business and vocational high schools familiar with
by induction? I have no figures whatever, but I posit that these populations
made up a large percentage (approaching 50) of the student population. I
this position on that 50% of students then were girls, and that many girls
were expected never to need such frippery as mathematical proof. Neither were
boy students taking business math or fundamental math. (Remember that
were supposed to master fractions before graduation, and if they hadn't
it by 9th grade then they kept at it.)

I'll see if I can come up with some real numbers.

Ernest F. Gunn 3d

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