The Teaching of Mathematics


PROBABLY every experienced teacher of mathematics qualified by a sufficiently thorough acquaintance with the relations of his subject to the physical sciences and practices will have some sympathy with the document which appeared under this heading in your last issue (p. 258). I do not desire to discuss the changes it suggests, I merely wish to describe as a contrast to that or any other rational scheme the work that year by year the public purse pays some of us to attempt. Protests against South Kensington teaching and the South Kensington scheme of work are frequent, but I do not remember seeing any detailed criticism of any part of the course. Here is the work that I and hundreds more teach yearly in what is known as the second stage of mathematics.

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FORTH, C. The Teaching of Mathematics. Nature 65, 272–273 (1902).

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