Response to Mr. Ross’ comment on NCTM PSSM Document

In response to Concern #3, Mr. Ross addresses the need for students to develop mathematical reasoning skills within and throughout their education.  The NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics or PSSM document was cited several times in his article to support his concern that a more rigorous approach to deductive reasoning and proof should be employed in our schools. Along with Mr. Ross, I happen to concur with the quote taken from the PSSM, “Reasoning and proof should be a consistent part of students’ mathematical experience in prekindergarten through grade 12.” Our state standards are supposed to reflect the standards published by NCTM.  Hopefully, with the new STAAR testing our schools will begin to implement more rigorous curriculums for students in the mathematics classroom.

Kenneth Ross MAA Article


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