On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 12:24 AM, kirby urner <kirby.urner@gmail.com> wrote:

For some of it, I'd expect to switch more into a "music appreciation" mode i.e. we spend too little time explaining why on earth we do so much around polynomials, make them an in-depth vocational exercise without promising anything specific about their job relevance. When was the last time any of you needed to factor a polynomial for work, and couldn't use Mathematica?

i definitely agree with you and since i am a young teacher in italy i am struggling to change the wave which suffocate the desire for math in students ... i plan to cook some resource where math is taught in reverse order, i.e. starting from real-young world and only after you show the theory behind since i know many are on the same point of view, please let me know how to get in contact with other teachers working in this direction thank you anyway -- roberto OS: GNU/Linux Debian Kubuntu, Edubuntu