tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post5057288098778787140..comments2024-04-13T01:03:11.846-04:00Comments on D-Ed Reckoning: Another math articleKDeRosahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-16866136719438675842006-11-21T10:31:00.000-05:002006-11-21T10:31:00.000-05:00In the Nov 19 Time Magazine, Claudia Willis opines...In the Nov 19 Time Magazine, Claudia Willis opines and whines in an editorial called "How to End the Math Wars":<br /><br />"So do we have a solution to the national math problem? We certainly have the correct formula. The question is, Can we apply it? Already the N.C.T.M.'s focal points are being called a back-to-basics movement, another swing of the ideological pendulum rather than a fresh look at what it would take to get more kids to calculus by 12th grade. If the script follows that of the Reading Wars, what comes next will be dreary times-tables recitals in unison, dull new books that fail to inspire understanding, and drill, drill, drill, much like the unhappy scenes in many of today's "Reading First" classrooms. And that would be just another kind of math fiasco--of the red variety. Kids will learn their times tables for sure, but they'll also learn to hate math."<br /><br />Perhaps the people at NCTM hate math, but that doesn't mean that everyone taught in the so-called "traditional method" hates it. Journalists love the false dichotomy ending; it helps them write more concisely. Learning math = hating math. As to what it takes to get students to calculus in the 12th grade, look at what the students who make it to calculus by 12th grade have done. Ms. Willis doesn't care to look that far.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-260954895000504092006-11-20T19:24:00.000-05:002006-11-20T19:24:00.000-05:00You:
What the knuckleheads at Chicago didn't real...You:<br /><br /><i>What the knuckleheads at Chicago didn't realize was that the auto mechanic must still know how to perform the procedure for changing the spark plug if he wants to get the car to run again. And, unfortunately, the best way to do that is by practicing changing a lot of spark plugs.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://parentalcation.blogspot.com/2006/11/joplin-globe-joplin-mo-edgar-simpson.html">Me:</a><br /><br /><i>Lets take a moment to think about this. How many people out there would take your car to a mechanic who doesn't know how to change spark clubs. I don't care how much he can spout off about the theory of internal combustion engines, if he can't turn a wrench then I am taking my car elsewhere.</i><br /><br />I am so feeling you today!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com