I just wish that the "Math Education" people, who
ultimately make the decisions on how best to teach
pre-college students, would listen to
"Mathematicians" who know what level of math
understanding is necessary for students to succeed
in math, science, and engineering degrees.  Yes
students need to do some memorization, know how to
manipulate formula (which really means they need
to know how to use algebra).

The claim that the "drill and kill" method doesn't
work is weak.  It doesn't work for some, but it
worked far better for more students than the
current system which relies heavily on calculators
and concepts.  Learning math takes work, you just
can't remove that requirement.

Remember this when the quality of your cars,
buildings, and bridges are falling apart in five
to ten years.

Eric Kaljumagi wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Gary K. Probst <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 5:02 AM
> Subject: Re: Why I use CL responses - Garyh Probst comments
> > The approach you describe appears to have attributes of the new-new
> math
> > program used in some public schools called "fuzzy math."  Reports on
> these
> > web sites give the results of "fuzzy math" programs throughout the
> nation
> > during the past ten years.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > These web sites document the educational, political and litigation
> problems
> > produced by fuzzy math.  A web search using "fuzzy math instruction"
> will
> > find over 2000 web sites describing students' problems and
> repercussions of
> > this approach to math.
> For the other side of the coin, try
> Prof. Eric Kaljumagi
> LAC/Math
> Mt. San Antonio College

Craig Andres
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Kettering University
(Continuing the GMI heritage)

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