Western Initiative for Strengthening Education in Math WISE Math

Rob Craigen, , Dec 23, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Rob Craigen has replied to my Google+ comment on his op-ed in the Winnipeg Free Press arguing that the Pisa results demonstrate that we have to turn away from what he calls "fuzzy math" and return to the old methods. This page links to the front group he has set up, and here is the group's Facebook page (where you'll find links to kindred spirits like Margaret Wente of the Globe and Mail, the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies, and similar groups in the U.S. You'll also find the four members of WISE (Robert Craigen, Anna Stokke, Fernando Szechtman, and R. Grant Woods) are adept at getting news coverage for their views. It's all part of the wider attack on so-called discovery learning. But frankly, I am not convinced by Craigen's disjointed rebuttal of my comment (nor will I be dragged down the numerous rabbit holes he offers in the form of leading questions).

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