Studies in Secondary Education: First-Year High-School Mathematics by Thirmuthis Brookman — 1909Studies in Secondary Education: First-Year High-School Mathematics
by Thirmuthis Brookman — 1909
Outline of Argument
I. Conditions of teaching.
The majority of students who enter high school, study one year of algebra, but never continue the subject.
II. Current criticisms.
Students are unable to use their knowledge of algebra in many of its elementary applications.
III. Scope of the first year's work in algebra.
The material contained in current texts emphasizes abstract rather than practical mathematics.
IV. Ideals underlying first-year algebra.
1. To train for practical work.
2. To give power to think with clearness, vigor, and effectiveness.
Are these ideals approximated?
1. In the choice of subject matter?
2. In the presentation of material?
V. Causes which have produced failure in teaching first-year algebra.
Power of tradition.
Remoteness of subject from practical checks. Lack of preparation of teachers.
1. Source of supply defective.
2. Large cities do not always demand experience.
3. College entrance boards supposed to excuse teachers from improving present conditions.
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