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Newton Liebniz

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Final Draft
Posted: Oct 10, 1999 6:48 PM
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Okay, here it is. The final draft. Any last comments?

To the writers of the NCTM standards:

We are a group of educators, parents, and concerned citizens who have
been discussing the history of mathematics using your NCTM Standards
2000 Discussion Area. We believe that there is a serious deficiency
in the standards related to the history of mathematics. While we
believe mathematical content (the curriculum) should be the main focus
of the standards, we also believe that a short guide on history should
also be included.

We believe the NCTM organization has an obligation to mention within
the new version of the 'Standards':

1. the historical nature of mathematics,
2. how mathematical contributions, both historical and current,
enhance our society in new and interesting ways,
3. that most major theorems have been named after people whose
contributions to mathematics ought to be recognized,
4. the great, interesting, and in many cases still yet unsolved
problems of the past, and
5. the historical partnership between mathematics and science in the
development of both fields, and the importance of the interplay
between them.

In many cases if this is not mentioned then it will not be encompassed
into curriculum verbiage and hence be considered unimportant. When
even those students who are interested in mathematics do not know who
our mathematical forefathers are, then mathematics becomes nothing
more than a tool for engineers rather a distinguished discipline unto
itself.

We invite and encourage the writers of the NCTM standards to read the
thread "History of Mathematics" under "Question 1. Areas of
Mathematics" for the complete discussion concerning these statements.
The thread includes many ideas, opinions, and examples which should
help to clarify and strengthen the points made in this letter.

We ask that an officer of NCTM reply back to the forum with NCTM's
position in regards to our suggestions. This is so that we know that
the writers have acknowledged and read our letter, and also to inform
us of how the writers intend to use our suggestions. A list of
research or literature to support NCTM's position would also be
helpful in the reply. Thank you.

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Date Subject Author
9/25/99
Read History of Mathematics
Bruce Nelson
9/25/99
Read history
Geoff Hagopian
9/27/99
Read How right you are...
Jack Jersawitz
9/28/99
Read How wrong you are...
Victor Steinbok
9/28/99
Read History of Math
Newton Liebniz
2/27/01
Read Re: History of Math
Melita Warren
9/28/99
Read Oatmeal is a bad medium for thinking
Jack Jersawitz
9/27/99
Read I agree, History of Mathematics should be taught more
Zim Olson
9/30/99
Read History of Mathematics
Bruce Nelson
9/30/99
Read History of Mathematics - A letter to NCTM
Newton Liebniz
9/30/99
Read History of Mathematics
Steve Jystad
9/30/99
Read history
Geoff Hagopian
9/30/99
Read The 5th point
Jack Jersawitz
10/1/99
Read The 5th point
Steve Jystad
10/4/99
Read Is math practical?
Jack Jersawitz
10/1/99
Read NCTM Letter
Newton Liebniz
10/1/99
Read NCTM Letter
Steve Jystad
10/2/99
Read NCTM Letter
Victor Steinbok
10/2/99
Read NCTM Letter
Newton Liebniz
10/2/99
Read NCTM Letter
Kirby Urner
10/3/99
Read NCTM Letter
Victor Steinbok
10/2/99
Read NCTM Letter
Victor Steinbok
10/4/99
Read NCTM Letter
Steve Jystad
10/4/99
Read History of Mathematics
Geoff Hagopian
10/5/99
Read Moving towards a final draft....
Newton Liebniz
10/5/99
Read Moving toward ...
Steve Jystad
10/5/99
Read Moving towards a final draft ...
Steve Jystad
10/10/99
Read Final Draft
Newton Liebniz
10/10/99
Read Good letter... (more remarks)
Kirby Urner
10/11/99
Read Final Draft editorial corrections
Victor Steinbok
11/8/99
Read Final Draft
Steve Jystad
10/11/99
Read Final Draft
Bruce Nelson
10/30/99
Read final draft comments
Susan C.
10/30/99
Read final draft comments
Susan C.
9/30/99
Read Zeno's Pradox a useful juxtaposition
Jack Jersawitz
10/1/99
Read Zeno's paradox
Victor Steinbok
10/1/99
Read Learned philosophy proffessors like Vic
Jack Jersawitz
9/10/01
Read Re: Zeno's Pradox a useful juxtaposition
wil
10/1/99
Read History of Mathematics
Kirby Urner
10/2/99
Read Should people who dislike a profession be allowed to write a curriculum for it?
Newton Liebniz
10/3/99
Read Huh?
Kirby Urner
10/3/99
Read Inbreeding in Mathematical thought is a problem
Zim Olson
10/4/99
Read Questions...Questions...Questions...
Newton Liebniz
10/5/99
Read Answers... Answers... Answers...
Kirby Urner
2/1/02
Read mathematics
rennon bowra
2/1/02
Read Mathematics and Psychology at U. of Mich. 1972-1974.
Zim Olson
1/24/04
Read Re: meeting other mathematics people
don wire
10/4/99
Read Hear! Hear!
Jack Jersawitz
3/6/00
Read History of Mathematics
Quincy
3/7/00
Read A Joke? Please explain.
Newton Leibniz
3/9/00
Read A little background...
Kirby Urner
3/9/00
Read A lot of background
Jack Jersawitz
3/10/00
Read Etc. re LLR
Kirby Urner
9/10/01
Read Re: A Joke? Please explain.
L&N
10/5/99
Read History of Math
Geoff Hagopian
11/17/99
Read Open Letter
Steve Jystad
4/24/00
Read History of Math
Jeremy Miller
12/2/03
Read Re: History of Mathematics
Ryan Volk

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