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Author:Ralph A. Raimi
Description: The University of Rochester Professor Emeritus' notes on math education and non-technical writings with a mathematics theme include Whatever became of the New Math?; Have we forgotten the value of memory?, a comment on the New York Regents' B-examination in mathematics and its associated crib sheet; Recent research progress in the teaching of algebra in the schools; Recent research progress in the study of the arrogance of mathematicians; The absurdity of negative numbers according to Augustus De Morgan; On using ridiculous answers; Why learn trigonometry?; A difficult child, a "sad, true story of the consequences of math education in a local school system"; The psychoanalysis of division sums ("division fact suppression"); Calculators in high school linear algebra; A 1958 caution concerning the New Math; Is Mathematics a Foreign Language?, a note on discourse analysis; Friedrich Engels on the True Meaning of Differentiation, an extract from a letter to his friend Karl Marx; Newton's Unpublished Calculus Book, a study of "compressed misinformation"; The Neutralizing of Mathematics, a comment on the feminist linguistics and its contributions to mathematics; and Precision in Speech, an explanation of one way in which Americans "are hobbled in their attempt to learn mathematics."

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Preprints
Math Topics: Basic Algebra, Division, Negative Numbers, Differentiation, Communicating Math, Trigonometry
Math Ed Topics: Assessment/Testing, Specific Math Concepts/Techniques, Teaching Styles/Practices, Calculators, Reform, Public Understanding of Math

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