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New Math was a disaster based on the mistaken notion Set Theory is "more fundamental" than arithmetic.  Guess what?  It ain't.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Feb 4th, 2014 at 10:55:48 PM EST
But I haven't really seen 'New Math' in schools for decades, but I have had a limited window into that world.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 5th, 2014 at 12:19:02 AM EST
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They removed the name and morphed it into the array of dung piles we presently have.
by rifek on Wed Feb 5th, 2014 at 12:29:11 AM EST
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There was also factoring before teaching what factors were, and other premature applications of deconstructing and reconstructing terms of expressions.  This was the stuff that caused my classmates to abandon hope.
by rifek on Wed Feb 5th, 2014 at 12:35:53 AM EST
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