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August 11, 2008

Simplify the language of math

I couldn’t agree more with the MU math professor when it comes to appropriate standards for K-12 education (7/31, Opinion, "Needed: a strong math program"). Real math is necessary in real life.

By the way, please campaign hard to have language we can all understand in public life. Really, who of us knows what is meant by “describe multiplicative relationships in context” and “represent different contexts using integers?” How many teachers or graduates of Missouri schools can readily those explain those in common language?

Jim Naylor
Lee’s Summit



I wish Jim had explained those terms in common language, thats going to keep me from going back to sleep.

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