[[[[Instead of all this babble just read your assignment !!! Do your homework!!!]]] [[[[[[Nowhere in the Background and Rationale does it discuss "social decline" as a reason for mathematical reform. ]]]]]]]
Alas...I thought the Standards preached different ways to approach learning and that knowledge is not gained in just one way. I thought that reading the 200 page California Mathematics Framework with its quite detailed summary of the Standards would have put me in good grace with those who hail the standards. But I guess I'm just babbling......I mean, after all, what social decline could I possibly be speaking of and how could I suggest that it might possibly be a reason behind the reformist need to reform???
[[[[[[[Read the document, and stop babbling about something you know nothing about!!! When you have read it then perhaps you can discuss intelligently. Eileen]]]]]]
Perhaps there is no way to discuss this intelligently with you until you get off your high horse? How naiive of you to think that I know NOTHING of the standards!........
[[[[[[[[[[["The document describes what a high-quality mathematics education for North American students, K-12, should comprise. Central to the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards is the development of mathmatical power for all students. Mathematical power includes the ability to explore, conjecture, and reason logically; to solve nonroutine problems; to communicate about and through matematics; and to connect ideas within mathematics and between mathematics and other intellectual activity. Mathematical power also involves the development of personal self-confidence and a disposition to seek, evaluate, and use quantitative and spatial information in solving problems and in making decision. Students' flexibility, perserverance, interest, curiosity and inventiveness also affect the realization of mathematical power."]]]]]]]]
Funny........the document I cited (California Math Framework) describes the exact same thing!