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Topic: 3-2-1 standards blastoff....
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3-2-1 standards blastoff....
Posted: Jul 9, 1995 4:38 PM
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[[[[[[[[[[[[[[The Challenger explosion occurred in spite of
caution; the primary causes were corruption/shoddy quality control and
over-confidence based on past success.]]]]]]]]]]]]

The conditions then, were clearly not optimul (or even good for that matter)
and caution was IGNORED if you are using words like corruption/shoddy quality
control/over-confidence to describe the climate around the shuttle's failure.
I feel that if we decide to launch the NCTM standards as set forth in the
Framework and we fail to give adequate support (shoddy quality control) to
teachers who are to implement these standards, then we may end up "losing"
many more math students than did we astronauts.

[[[[[[No one gets killed by an error in pedagogy.]]]]]]]

Yes, but analogies are only rough comparisons and so no one need die in class
to consider my analogy. I have seen some students "die" mathematically in
algebra courses due to the lack of structure....I have seen some "die"
because of too much structure.

[[[[[[[[[[If you're arguing that the NCTM reforms are ill-founded and hastily
implemented, let's hear some evidence]]]]]]]]

I don't believe that the most recent NCTM reforms have been "implemented" as
of this posting so I can't give any evidence as to their being HASTILY
implemented. The NCTM reforms are in writing and are suggestions that
teachers MAY use...but their implementation has not yet been decreed. The
only evidence I can site on PAST "new math" reforms being hastily implemented
is what I read on this list and hear at educational workshops....that being
that there was not nearly enough support given to instructors about how to
implement these new math reforms. There wasn't nearly enough time given to
instructors to absorb the methodology. As to weather the reforms are
ill-founded....that has been debated on this list quite extensively. Some
feel that the reforms have been manufactured due to a changing social climate
in this country. Suddenly more and more kids are coming from homes that are
low on motivation and high on substance/child abuse. More and more kids are
having to work after school (the energetic ones) and more and more kids are
playing computer games/watching TV/hanging out in gangs instead of putting in
any homework time (the lazy ones). With the social decline experienced by
the American family along came a sharp decline in students taking
responsibility for their own education. Because of this, (I believe) some
folks said it was time to reform math instruction. So....I am not saying
that conditions have to be perfect to instigate reform.....but perhaps if we
look at these CONDITIONS we will see that we should be spending more time
exploring the causes of/remedies to these conditions than working around them
with reform that could very easily land on the same deaf ears presently
listening to the old methodology.

Harv Becker

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