Continuing the weekly series, here are a few questions related to material on pages 31 thru 41 of the booklet "Everybody Counts," published by National Academy Press:
1. What really is "mathematical power" and how do your students get it? [The definition given in this reform document differs markedly from those given in the various Standards documents, in my opinion]
2. In what sense is mathematics our "invisible culture"?
3. Comment on the statement: "As computers become more powerful, the need for mathematics will decline."
4. Why is it that mathematics education in the United States resists change in spite of the many forces that are revolutionizing the nature and role of mathematics itself?
5. Why do you suppose that 50% of school teachers leave the profession every seven years?
Comments welcomed. Please share your thoughts with the Listserv as we lead up to the Boston meetings.
Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225 firstname.lastname@example.org