Thursday, December 29, 2011

Niels Henrik Abel on 1900s math vs. Interactive Math Program

Niels Henrik Abel said...

"Homework 1: Past Experiences:
"Include this so you can look back later and compare your experiences before this year to your experiences with the Interactive Mathematics Program."
(Student response)

Well, let's see. Last year I had geometry with Mr. Smith. He was a tough teacher, but I'm really glad I had him, because we actually learned how to do some proofs, which he said we'd need to know, especially if we want to take calculus and physics and understand all that stuff. I was psyched, because I had read about Newton and Leibnitz and Kepler, and I really wanted to learn about this magical calculus that allowed them to understand some of the mysteries of nature. I was supposed to take intermediate algebra and trig this year, but they changed the math program and I got stuck with this stupid "Interactive Mathematics" thing. There's hardly any math at all, and what little there is is not going to help me at all when I finally do manage to get to calculus and physics. Give me back my math, please, instead of this crap.

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