Monday, September 24, 2007

Mathematics is precision

"If you want to learn mathematics, you must learn it precisely. Mathematics is precision and one of the first objectives in teaching K - 12 mathematics is for students to learn precise habits of thought."

R. James Milgram
Professor of Mathematics
Stanford University

Why Long Division? transcript of speech

1 comment:

nowthatshockey said...

I wonder, would Prof. Milgrim characterize this homework as precise?

Follow the directions to write each number.
*Skip count 87 times by tens.
* There are 5 ones.
The number is _________

*Skip count 99 times by tens.
*There are 9 ones.
The number is ___________

The markings in the margin read Pearson Education 3.

It is TERC 2nd edition 3rd grade.