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Topic: Re: J. Escalante
Replies: 1   Last Post: Jun 11, 1995 11:52 PM

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Anne Wheelock

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: J. Escalante
Posted: Jun 11, 1995 11:08 PM
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As a general rule, I would hope that we could limit comments that fall in
the category of gossip about individuals, even about teachers who become
public figures because of their accomplishments or because the press picks
up their accomplishments. I would be more comfortable talking about -
critiquing or supporting - Escalante's ideas without letting his
"larger-than-life" status make him subject for talk about how he is behaving
in his professional life now. As someone who is not a mathematician but
values the math standards and other tools to realize stronger student
achievement, especially that of students who are often denied access to
valued knowledge, the contribution of Escalante is that he made the teaching
of math as appealing and romantic as any profession could be and boosted the
status of math teaching in the process. His love of math and his work with
his students in a particular time and place - whatever came before or since
- makes a lot of my work more conceivable than it would be without his
experience.

Anne Wheelock
wheelock@shore.net
Boston, Massachusetts, USA





Date Subject Author
6/11/95
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Anne Wheelock
6/11/95
Read Re: J. Escalante
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