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Re: Escobales on Ralston  AMS Notices, Aug 2004
Posted:
Jul 19, 2004 9:16 PM


On Fri, 16 Jul 2004 13:09:02 0700, Wayne Bishop wrote: >Exactly. > >That paper is easily available: <a href="http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~ar9/abolpub.htm">http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~ar9/abolpub.htm
> >Wayne. >  > >Notices of the AMS August 2004, Vol 51, N0 7 > >Letters to the Editor <a href="http://www.ams.org/notices/200407/commentary.pdf">http://www.ams.org/notices/200407/commentary.pdf
> >PaperandPencil Math [snip]
>Recently a student of mine came to my office for help in baby >calculus. One of the problems had the expression 3(2/3). Naturally, >I cancelled the two factors of 3 and said that the answer was 2. >The student did not see why. So I wrote the equivalent improper >fraction 6/3, and then it was clear to the student that the answer >was indeed 2. This otherwise intelligent student had used >calculators extensively since fifth grade at a very good school. >This is an example of what I mean by ÃÂÃÂcalculatorassisted >mathematical incompetenceÃÂÃÂ.
Far from being an anecdotal item, the above is indicative of the grim pseudoeducation that has been promoted, with such extensive funding, under the guise of "worldclass education," "21stcentury mathematics," and "using technology to solve realworld problems."
I will add "calculatorassisted mathematical incompetence" to my lexicon.
Dom Rosa



