## Expressing Mathematics

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:

- 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
individualistic ways.
- 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
all levels.

*Carl Swenson is a chair of the Department of Mathematics at Seattle
University. *

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