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Marain’s Math Maven Moment (Part 1)

September 13, 2007 am30 4:41 am

Ok, that was a stretch, going for 4 ‘M’s.

Lynn Steen PictureAnyway, Dave at MathNotations, serious time on hands due to recent retirement, writes Lynn Arthur Steen, requests an interview, and gets it. Steen is a mathematician associated (?) with the smarter half of the advocacy tail of the reform math monster. Get it? He didn’t write those curricula I fought so hard against, but he provided some of the more intelligent intellectual support. He’s a math professor at St Olaf College in Minnesota.

Anyhow, Steen’s a reasonably large name in the (not yet over!) math wars. So here we have Dave, who like me and many reasonable classroom teachers would like to defend the sane center against both extremes, our Dave gets to ask the questions. And Steen answers.

Go read the first part of the interview, here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2007 pm30 11:43 pm 11:43 pm

    Thanks, Jonathan!
    You described Prof. Steen better than I did and you added pictures to boot – impressive! It remains to be seen what types of reactions this will produce on my blog and on others’ but I know for sure there will be many many knee-jerk reactions to someone who has been part of the reform movement in math but, in reality, there is so much more to this remarkable man. One would need to re-read Everybody Counts from the 80’s to truly appreciate his gifts. This book should be required reading for all prospective math teachers IMHO. His answers to my questions were fearless, candid and insightful. You may or may not agree with his philosophy but he does shed much light on the current and future state of math education.

    Many months ago, I posted an article about Achieve and the American Diploma Project and the impact they would soon be having. Anyone remember? Well, guess what folks. The impact is here and now. That’s how Prof. Steen’s name came across my radar screen and that’s why I wanted to interview him. As to why he would respond positively to a relatively unknown math edu-blogger, I have no idea. I invited him to peruse my blog to get a sense of my authenticity. He did, he then agreed to do it and Part 2 of the interview will be up on Friday. Thanks again, Jonathan, for the kind words, but please don’t think I have that much time on my hands! Just ask my wife, 7 children and 4 grandchildren…


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