Common core state standards for mathematics
Litvin
litvin at skylit.com
Tue Mar 16 15:05:32 EDT 2010
Have people looked at the draft released a few days ago by the national
panel? http://www.corestandards.org/. They say 48 states agreed to adopt
it (Texas and Alaska are the holdouts.) It does mention discrete
mathematics... in exactly one sentence: "Other forms of advanced work are
possible (for example in discrete mathematics or advanced statistics) and
can be eventually added to the standards." If not for this sentence, one
might think this draft was written before Turing was born. This is a step
back from NCTM standards of a dozen years ago, where discsrete math merited
a whole paragraph. This standards draft also mentions computational, in
exactly one sentence: "A graphing utility or a CAS can be used to
experiment with properties of the functions and their graphs and to build
computational models of functions, including recursively defined functions."
Seems like one more missed opportunity...
BTW, can someone tell me what they mean by "building computational models
of functions"?
Gary Litvin
www.skylit.com
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