Definitely not Sydeney.
OK, in a futile attempt to unPonzi our blogging scheme, we’re closing off our four competitions.* The winners are indicated below, and any winner who has not died of old age should email us to receive their prize, a signed copy of the best-selling** A Dingo Ate My Math Book.***
This competition never properly got going, although some pretty funny stuff came out. We’ve declared Potii the winner, as much for weight of effort as individual examples.
The idea in modern mathematics education that is least trivial and least false – student-teacher (wst)
This competition really took off, and/but the poverty of substantive entries was notable. (This was to be expected, and was really the point.) The clear winner is student-teacher (now wst), for their concerted effort to find something/anything, and in spite of their suggesting some Kaye Stacey triviality.
The draft is ostensibly full of “problem-solving”, but somehow it turned out to be impossible for anybody to come up with anything that wasn’t trivial or ridiculous. The winner is Glen, with a truly appalling example.
The best argument for the draft mathematics curriculum – John Friend
This one was pretty funny: pretty much nobody came up with anything, and really the prize should jackpot to the next comp. But, we’ll stretch it, and permit a John Friend entry from the problem-solving comp to count here. The inclusion in Year 8 Number of the X-trick to write recurring decimals as fractions is a genuinely positive addition. (Even if the draft simultaneously fucks up the conversion of fractions to decimals.)
Potti, student-teacher, Glen, John Friend, come on down!
*) We have plans for a new competition …
**) In Polster and Ross households.
***) If preferred, a winner can wait to receive the sequel to Dingo, which should appear later this year.