Subject: correction!
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 21:40:10 -0500 (EST)
From: "W. Stephen Wilson"
Dear Colleagues,
Thank you very much for the quick response on my mini survey
about knowing arithmetic before you go to college. I got
84 positive responses and no negative responses. Although
I didn't ask for comments, a number of people made powerful
compelling statements which I used.
For background for those curious, I live in the city of
Baltimore and so send my kid to a pretty nice private
school (4th grade). I knew they didn't teach math in
the lower school but I considered that just a bad joke
and did it at home. Last week I found out that they don't
teach math in the middle school either. I figure they
can't teach much in high school if they don't know anything
coming in. So, I saw all of my vacations for the next 8
years go up in teaching Saul math.
At this point a bunch of parents contacted me and we
started to get organized. Noting that although there
is a big debate about how much arithmetic kids need
to know going on among K-12 math educators, we weren't
invited to participate in the debate. The parents all
thought it would be a good idea to see what we mathematicians
who teach in college thought. Well, it is pretty
unambiguous. We are hoping that this information will
help attract parental support for change and also help
sway the school.
Your help is most appreciated. A number of you asked
to have access to the results for your own purposes,
presumably similar to mine. I have put this on my
web site at:
http://www.math.jhu.edu/~wsw/list
Thanks again,
Steve
W. Stephen Wilson (410) 516-7413
Department of Mathematics FAX (410) 516-5549
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21218 wsw@math.jhu.edu
http://www.math.jhu.edu/~wsw/