by Carl Swenson, Seattle University.
Articulation is clear expression. The following items need to be clearly
expressed to the public (including teachers, curriculum developers,
counselors, etc.) by the mathematics community:
Carl Swenson is a chair of the Department of Mathematics at Seattle
- The most important ability in mathematics is the ability to
communicate mathematical ideas.
- The world has changed, and the world is changing.
- Technology is changing how we do mathematics.
- Mathematics is not arithmetic.
- There is no best way to teach mathematics; people learn mathematics in
- Conceptual understanding is more valuable than rote symbol
manipulation, no matter if that manipulation is done by hand,
by calculator, or by computer.
- Application-driven problem solving and open-ended problems with
multiple solutions are necessary in the mathematics curriculum at
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