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How the teaching of Math has changed over the decades!

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  • Started 8 years ago by Deane Johnson
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  1. Vitalogy

    More racist BS from the right.

    Posted on September 1, 2011 - 08:45 PM #
  2. Alfredo_T

    Does anybody remember the title or author of a science fiction short story about a time in the future when doing arithmetic longhand on paper becomes a lost art?

    Posted on September 1, 2011 - 09:57 PM #
  3. fairandbalanced

    "All schoolchildren in this country absolutely should be required to learn both English and Spanish."


    "In Los Angeles County, the percentage of the Spanish-speaking population that has trouble with English slid from 21% in 2000 to 19.6% in 2005-07, the three years measured in the data released today. In El Paso, the share dropped from 32% to 28.5%.

    In many places, the share has not increased despite growth in immigration: Pima County, Ariz., which includes Tucson, at 8.4%; Atlanta's Fulton County at 4.1%.

    In many new destinations for Hispanics, however, the inability to speak English fluently is a growing challenge. In some smaller counties in Colorado, South Carolina and some other states, the number of Hispanics who say they don't speak English "very well" has risen.

    In Prince William County, in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the share more than doubled to 9.3% or almost 30,000 people.

    In Oregon's Clackamas County, southeast of Portland, about 5,000 more people who speak Spanish don't speak English "very well." They total more than 11,000 or about 3% of the population. "

    Nationwide probably 10% or less of the population speaks Spanish and has trouble with English. Why should 90% of the population spend so much time to accommodate the remaining 10%? It behooves the 10% who don't speak English to become bilingual.

    Yes, it's good to know more than one language, but why should the second language be Spanish? Why not Chinese? Why not let it be a matter of choice?

    Yo estudio espanol para cuatros anos in esquela. Me olvide mucho, pero acuerdo mucho ademas. Me gusta la lengua. Queria que estudiar espanol tambien. Queria hablar con los Mejicanos a mi iglesia. Pero es mas importante que los Mejicanos saben ingles. (Lo siento Alfredo. Mi espanol es muy mal. :oops: )

    My son's girlfriend is Chinese. She speaks fluent Chinese and English. Why should she learn Spanish too? If they marry and have children, why not let the learning time for the second language be for Chinese instead of Spanish? The way things are going, knowing that language could be very valuable too.

    Posted on September 1, 2011 - 10:31 PM #
  4. missing_kskd

    It is a matter of choice in most schools today. There is a difference between a mandate and a recommendation. One of my kids did French, two did Spanish, and a third tried German, reverting to Spanish later on.

    Not so sure it should be a mandate, but I absolutely support multi-lingual efforts, with only disagreements on how they are currently done. We could do better, and the reality is we will have a more diverse language component here over time.

    Most other nations have dealt with this successfully, and we can deal with it successfully.

    Posted on September 1, 2011 - 11:25 PM #
  5. Uncle Mort

    Other countries have promoted second language ed much better than america. My kid is in a bilingual Spanish/English elementary program, my choice. Keeps her from getting bored. The brain is designed for complex language acquisition and needs little encouragement. She developed her english thoroughly with little effort before the school got involved. Why not spanish? when it's the easiest of lingos, rooted in latin, and spoken by our neighbors.

    It's not breaking news but a famous truth in Latin America that you don't get ahead without english. Generally the mex/am kids in her class, speak english already but their parents want to keep the native roots strong also. Often a chasm opens between immigrant children & parents because of a language barrier. In my observation, the parents more than their children need staff to communicate with them in spanish.

    Posted on September 2, 2011 - 08:03 AM #
  6. Deane Johnson

    Other countries have promoted second language ed much better than america.

    Why is the deemed necessary. Also, is your view of America so low these days that you've removed the capitalization? Just wondering.

    Posted on September 2, 2011 - 08:24 AM #
  7. duxrule

    "Why is the deemed necessary."

    Uhhh....Could it be because the Earth is populated by more than just Americans, and there's a possibility that a person may have to interact with one of those said people? Also wondering, is your view of punctuation so low that you've removed the question mark? Just wondering.

    Posted on September 2, 2011 - 09:13 AM #
  8. Uncle Mort

    lot of words i may not capitalize, just review my other highly educational posts. :-) You niggle but avoid answering the main questions posed to you. i caught you in the headlights with a succinct description of your kind. you're pretty contemptuous of the constitution, ignorant of american history and me personally to be questioning my patriotism. a refuge for someone who can't rebut the evidence. Read up on Prescott Bush and his nazi links in your spare time, your political forebear, had assets seized during ww2. doomed his presidential hopes. his german was excellent.

    Posted on September 2, 2011 - 09:50 AM #
  9. Skybill9

    ""Why is the deemed necessary."

    Uhhh....Could it be because the Earth is populated by more than just Americans..."

    We're not talking about the whole Earth here. We're talking about America where English is the primary language spoken.

    If you want to function in society here you need to know/speak English.

    Posted on September 2, 2011 - 09:59 AM #
  10. duxrule

    "We're not talking about the whole Earth here."

    Well...that's your problem right there.

    Posted on September 2, 2011 - 10:07 AM #