Thursday, December 30, 2010

An abandoned education method

I did not follow the topic lately, but I am pleasantly surprised to notice that Reform mathematics appears listed in wikipedia's "List of abandoned education methods" (as of November 2009). See also MathematicallyCorrect.com and wheresthemath.com. Illustrating the spirit of the abandoned method, the following "mathematical" problem appears in a fifth-grade “Everyday Math” textbook (source: Fuzzy math: A nationwide epidemic):
A. If math were a color, it would be –, because –.
B. If it were a food, it would be –, because –.
C. If it were weather, it would be –, because –.