Date of Award

Spring 1972

Document Type




First Reader



Traditionally, mathematics, past simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, has been taught of as being so boring, irrelevant, and in short, one of the unavoidable evils of school. An advertisement in The Mathematics Teacher expressed the general attitude of many students when it said, "mathematics was invented by an old magician in the desert who, with the help of his talking monkey, bakes equations and cupcakes in the hot sun." It seems that many students think mathematics is just one problem after another that has some mystical answer floating around in the air somewhere. The object is to get that answer with a minimum of effort and usually with little or no understanding of why it is the correct answer. The only think that really matters is the right answer.



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