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School math books, nonsense, and the National Science Foundation
1.G. Lappan et al., Connected Mathematics Project, series of 24 books for middle school mathematics (Dale Seymour Publications, Menlo Park, CA, 1998).
2.Richard Askey, “Good intentions are not enough,” www.math.wisc.edu/∼askey/.
3.A recent new edition of CMP marginally covers fraction division; students are essentially expected to “discover” it.
4.Investigations in Number, Data, and Space is a K–5 curriculum developed by TERC Inc., Cambridge, MA, and marketed through Pearson Scott Foresman and previously by Scott Foresman/Addison-Wesley and by Dale Seymour.
5.This ranking is according to the Fordham Foundation report, “The state of state math standards 2005,” of which Schmid and I along with four other mathematicians were co-authors: It is posted at www.edexcellence.net/foundation/publication/publication.cfm?id=338.
6.Quoted from www.nychold.com/forum01-schmid.html.
7.Jan Mokros, Susan Jo Russell, and Karen Economopoulos, Beyond Arithmetic (Dale Seymour Publications, White Plains, NY, 1995), p. 74. I thank Richard Askey for identifying this passage.
8.For bibliographic information and reviews see www.nychold.com#prog-nctm.
10.Parents’ organizations such as Mathematically Correct (www.mathematicallycorrect.com/), Honest Open Logical Decisions on Mathematics Education Reform (www.nychold.com/), and Where’s the Math? (www.wheresthemath.com/) among many others continue to resist the imposition of “fuzzy math” in their schools.
11.David Klein, Math problems: Why the U.S. Department of Education’s recommended math programs don’t add up, Am. School Board J. 187(4), 52–57 (2000) www.mathematicallycorrect.com/usnoadd.htm.
12.The open letter of which I was a co-author is posted along with the signatories at mathematicallycorrect.com/nation.htm.
14.For bibliographic information and reviews see www.nychold.com/#prog-nctm.
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