Courtesy of frequent commenter Red Five, a maddening and absolutely hilarious article:
Guessing C For Every Answer Is Now Enough To Pass The New York State Algebra Exam
My student, River, spent more time in the courtroom than the classroom last year. One Friday night in September, a drunk friend called and asked for a ride home from a party. River obliged. That’s a problem when you’re 14 years old. On his excellent adventure with his drunk friend, River drove over the landscaping of several local businesses and ended with his car in the woods caught in a web of maple sugaring lines. Things spiralled from there. Continue reading “RatS 24: Ed Knight – Guessing C on a NY Algebra Test” →
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.
Continue reading “Tony Guttmann – The National Statements and Profiles” →
The following is an excerpt from Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. Heller’s novel was published sixty years ago, and thus has absolutely nothing to tell us about the modern world. We can’t even figure out why we thought to post it.
Continue reading “The Great Loyalty Oath Crusade” →
This one is courtesy of frequent commenter, wst. It’s really a PoSWW, but the ideas may be sufficiently unfamiliar for it to be worth encouraging WitCHlike discussion. It comes from the Cambridge textbook General Mathematics 1&2.
Continue reading “WitCH 82: Graphic Evidence” →
This post, on confidence intervals, is by frequent commenter, John Friend. It is the second of our guest posts; the first, by Anthony Harradine, is here. A version of John’s post is also available as a PDF, here. Continue reading “GitS 2 : John Friend – A Lack of Confidence” →
OK readers, we want your help.
Suppose, hypothetically, you were asked to write 2000 words on What Went Wrong with Maths Ed – or just plain Ed – in, say, the last 50 years. What would you write? What are the major causes of that decline? What are the essential arguments and examples to support the actuality of the decline, and the reasons? Continue reading “What Went Wrong?” →
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.
Continue reading “Guests in the Spotlight: Anthony Harradine – Simplify” →