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Lockhart's Lament & Dolciani

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Domenico Rosa writes


Although Lockhart decries the sterile formalism in which mathematics courses have been and continue to be taught, he makes absolutely no reference to the fact that the traditional mathematics curriculum was demolished by the excessive formalism and abstractions of the SMSG new math, as incorporated in the Houghton Mifflin series of books co-authored by Mary P. Dolciani.


Lockhart's Lament I found in the comments of a Quiddity blog post.


I wondered about this, too, actually, though it's perhaps a minor point missing from his large argument. What does the Hive make of it?

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