Dr. Myers

Dr. Myers – Testimony to support HB 2621 (PDF)

The shortcoming of “the new math” was neglecting operational skills in favor of
conceptual syntax. Instead of teaching students to do arithmetic successfully, the focus
was on exposing students to various concepts mathematicians use to construct formal
mathematical systems.
The weakness of “fuzzy math” was that it emphasized process over performance, or
methodology over mastery. It’s like a trial and error process where the fun of trying
makes the erroneous results a small concern

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