From a

**press release**announcing the third edition of Everyday Mathematics 2007:

"We believe, with thepress releaseinformation explosionandadvances in technology, society today demands a moresophisticated understanding of mathematics,beyond simple computation skills," said Dr. Zalman Usiskin, director of UCSMP and a professor of education at the University of Chicago. "Ourresearchhas allowed us to develop mathematics programs that emphasizeproblem-solving,everyday applications,readingand theuse of technologyto help studentseventuallymaster higher level mathematics."

*Parent's Glossary of Fuzzy Terminology*:

1.

**information explosion**: that one that happened two decades ago (NCTM Principles and Standards)

2.

**advances in technology**: the calculator

3.

**sophisticated understanding of mathematics**: "Egyptian" method

4.

**beyond simple computation skills**: your child will learn to draw a "lattice"

5.

**research**: schools receiving "complementary" books and training services and/or with state standards aligned with the "information explosion" (see point #1)

6.

**problem solving**: how Kumon and/or Sylvan might solve your "problems"

7.

**everyday applications**: Making lists of "round objects", adding lots of P's, N's, D's and Q's, describing the "color" of math

8.

**reading**: because language arts, social studies and history just aren't enough

9.

**use of technology**: how to use a calculator (see point #2 advances in technology)

10.

**: someday, if your parents spend lots of time and/or $$$ plugging the gaps or the spiral actually works**

__eventually__master higher level mathematics
## 1 comment:

My husband is a historian.

As a historian he is confident in saying there is no such thing as 21st century skills.

People always want to think a Whole New Era is upon us when the centuries change.

Not true.

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