Quote of the Week
Proofs in geometry class have been a mainstay of mathematics. In fact, proofs were always considered an essential part of high school geometry, not only because of their importance in higher math, but because learning the rules of logical argument and reasoning has applications in science, law, political science, and writing. To see proofs being shortchanged in a geometry textbook was shocking. – Barry Garelick An A-Maze-ing Approach To Math, Education Next, Spring 2005, Vol. 4, No. 2
If you have young children in school, read the piece. If you have older children in schools using “Everyday Mathematics” or other National Council of Teachers of Mathematics approved curricula, get them out.
Secondary QotD from the same piece:
The education theory at the heart of the dispute can be traced to John Dewey, an early proponent of learning through discovery.
My buddy Dewey…