Math’s Order of Operations isn’t flawed; way it is being taught is
To the editor:
The guest commentary “History, context explain need for Iowa education reform” by Sue Atkinson has some valid — but also some misleading — points.
She blames some of our educational woes on Constructivism, which is the theory that effective understanding of concepts is built on the prior knowledge of the individual. Then she holds up Order of Operations as an example of teaching a bad concept.
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