Tony Guttmann – The National Statements and Profiles

Tony Guttmann is a Very Big Shot. Tony is Emeritus Professor at the University of Melbourne and he can claim a dozen or so honorary letters: AM, FAA and so on. Tony was a valiant warrior during Curriculum War II, and he was The Hero of Curriculum War I, which was fought out in the early 90s. CWI was fought over the National Statements and Profiles, a proto-curriculum produced by CURASS, the precursor of ACARA. Nearing the end of CWI, Tony wrote an explanatory article for the MAV’s journal, Vinculum. (It was the¬†pre-Pravda era.) Tony’s article is, for us at least, fascinating; both the parallels and the perpendiculars to CWII are striking. We reproduce Tony Guttmann’s article here, with Tony’s kind permission.

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Guests in the Spotlight: Anthony Harradine – Simplify

The Maths Ed World is of course full of people who have failed upwards, but Anthony Harradine is different; Anthony has succeeded downwards. Anthony long ago forwent a position of considerable apparatchik clout to instead Do Things That Matter. Anthony’s projects notably include Numerical Acumen and Mathscraft, but there is plenty, plenty more. Anthony Harradine is one of my, very few, maths ed heroes.

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Host Requests Posts by Guests

From time to time, I’ve had guest posts on this blog: see here, here, here, here and here. More accurately, these guest posts were pre-written articles that the authors agreed to be republished on the blog. In any case, I’m happy to contemplate more such posts, pre-written or otherwise, and I’m now inviting readers to consider this. Continue reading “Host Requests Posts by Guests”

PoSWW 28: The Intersection of Feminism With PISA

A few days ago Greg Ashman handballed an article to us, suggesting we might enjoy it, although clearly he meant “enjoy” it. The (paywalled) article, just published in the journal¬†Research in Mathematics Education, is titled

Intersectional feminism to reenvision mathematical literacies & precarity

Yeah, you don’t have to read the article. We did.

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VTAC Converts an Own Goal

VTAC, the Victorian body responsible for figuring out ATARs and the like, is, of course, a professional and widely respected organisation. VTAC is staffed by very well-qualified boffiny stats types, just quietly doing their boffiny stats thing, and they don’t make mistakes. Well, except for this. And this. And really, really this.

Anyway, a few months ago the Evil Mathologre alerted us to some new(ly discovered) weirdness courtesy of the always-perfect VTAC. Or, maybe it’s courtesy of ACTAC, which is the national umbrella group encompassing all of the State-TACs. It’s difficult to tell, since, much like QANTAS, it seems that ACTAC cannot be contacted, appearing to exist only as an abstract concept. Anyway anyway, to the weirdness. Continue reading “VTAC Converts an Own Goal”