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Topic: Re: adult numeracy
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Bartel, Anne

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Re: adult numeracy
Posted: Oct 31, 1995 10:04 AM
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Re: comments by Goldberg and Johnson:

In the process of writing the Number Sense section of our state framework, we
invited Sharon Hessney to keynote. She is a former "business" type who worked
in the financial aspects of realty in New York before moving to Mpls. She
taught part time in a private school here on a Number Sense project, and has
since moved to Massachusetts (and is working at TERC). Sharon suggested to us
that when we talk about those who lack number sense, we might even include
graduates of exclusive schools of business (Wharton, etc.) Her experience on
the East coast was that many of these graduates became glorified number
crunchers, and without a computer and a formula, they couldn't deal with the
financial data in front of them to give her a hint as to whether the company was
making or losing money. These and her other comments made us do some serious
soul searching about the development of number sense, particularly at the high
school and advanced levels. We would hope that there doesn't develop an inverse
relationship in MN between the level of mathematics instruction and the
development of a sense of number. :-)

Anne Bartel
Mathematics Project Manager

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