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Topic: New Support for NCTM Standards
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Ronald A Ward

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New Support for NCTM Standards
Posted: Jul 6, 1995 4:56 PM
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I recently received from Francis (Skip) Fennell, a member of the NCTM
Board, a copy of a statement of support from the Conference Board of the
Mathematical Sciences (CBMS). At the end of the statement, I will list
the organizations involved, but I thought this recent statement--adopted
at the CBMS Council Meeting on May 7, 1995--might be of interest to this
listserv, especially since there had been some question raised concerning
whether the mathematics community supported the direction taken by NCTM.

Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225

"The members of the Conference Board of the Mathematical
Sciences, composed of the fourteen presidents of the mathematical
sciences organizations in the United States, support and endorse the
following statement:
A strong mathematics education for every child is at the very
basis of the nation's need for a competent work force and an informed
society, now and in the future. To enable all students to acquire a
strong mathematics education is the prime objective of the mathematics
education reform movement, which was generated at the grass roots level
and propelled by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Standards.
The thrust of this movement is to promote a core of serious
mathematics for every student at the primary and secondary levels as well
as to lay a solid foundation for continuing the study of mathematics at
the post-secondary level. The reform efforts seek to improve student
learning by building on the strengths of the past, incorporating modern
technology, and engaging students actively in the learning process,
always keeping in mind the needs and aspirations of students.
Therefore, these reform efforts deserve support by society at
large as well as the mathematics community in particular."

[American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, American
Mathematical Society, American Statistical Association, Association for
Symbolic Logic, Association for Women in Mathematics, Association of
State Supervisors of Mathematics, Institute for Operations Research and
the Management Sciences, Institute of Mathematical Statistics,
Mathematical Association of America, National Association of
Mathematicians, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Society for Industrial and Applied
Mathematics, Society of Actuaries.]

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