THE teachers who objected to the introduction of a “new sequence” in geometry on the grounds that it would merely mean the exchange of Euclid's yoke for another scarcely less objectionable, have evidently some justification for their fears. Both these books give no less than 120 propositions to cover the substance of Euclid I.–IV., in addition to which the former dismisses similar figures in 10 pages, and the latter deals adequately with the propositions of Euclid VI. and XI. Surely some of these 120 propositions could with advantage be treated as riders or, at any rate, a clear distinction should be made between propositions which the pupil is supposed to reproduce and those he is merely asked to understand.
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(1) The New Matriculation Geometry (2) A School Geometry on “New Sequence” Lines . Nature 117, 12 (1926). https://doi.org/10.1038/117012b0