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|Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)|
|With four thousand professionally active mathematicians gathered together, the January Joint Meeting provides an opportunity to check the pulse of the US mathematical community and to look for any significant new trends... "Make the preparation of K-12 mathematics teachers a priority," Riley urged, adding, "The message [about the importance of mathematics and the priorities in K-12 mathematics education] should come from you." He called on university mathematicians to create new partnerships with their local communities, with museums, with high schools, and with local businesses, to help get the word out... Having been born into the information age, today's school and university students do not view calculators and computers as devices to aid thinking, Burrill observed. For them, the use of that technology forms an integral part of their thinking. "We do not know how they are thinking," Burrill told her audience. "They are doing something fundamentally different from us."|
|Levels:||High School (9-12), College, Research|
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