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Topic: A step backwards
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sol garfunkel

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A step backwards
Posted: Nov 4, 1998 2:15 PM
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First, I should say that this is an excellent political document and
one that I believe all of the mathematics community can sign on to
with some pride. However, in tone and to some extent in substance it
is a step backwards from the last iteration.Simple declarative
sentences are eliminated in favor of rather long justifications. One
cannot find 'tracking should be eliminated', 'curriucula should be
integrated'. Discrete mathematics is mentioned only five times, etc.

My feelings are that these documents should have been reversed in
time,i.e. the Standards 2000 should have come out before the 1989
version. It is a more politic document and therefore much less brave.
Perhaps this was necessary to achieve the necessary community
consensus, now that people are paying more attention. But I cannot
help feeling let down.

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