The Demise and Revitalization of Geometry in our Schools
Dr. David M. Clark
Monday, May 11, 2015 7:30 PM
Marist College, Hancock Center (Building 16 on map), Room 2023. Park just north of Hancock Center, or in parking lot on south-east corner of Route 9 and Fulton Street. We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings.
This program is free and open to the public.
All are welcome to join us beforehand for dinner at the
Palace Diner at 6:00 PM.
Refreshments are served after the meeting.
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About the Topic
For over two thousand years Euclidean geometry was viewed as an essential study for anyone seeking a good education. This tradition was phased out of our national curriculum in the 1970s, replacing Euclidean geometry with coordinate geometry and various forms of integrated mathematics. The speaker will review the vital role once played by Euclidean geometry and explain the two reasons that it had to be phased out. He will then outline a new incarnation of this subject which offers the original benefits while avoiding the obstacles that led to its earlier demise. See Euclidean Geometry: A Guided Inquiry Approach. This curriculum is altogether consistent with and supportive of the current Common Core Standards.
About the Speaker
David Clark, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, is known worldwide for the depth, breadth, and innovation of his contributions to mathematics in the fields of universal algebra, mathematical logic, mathematics education, neural networks and evolutionary computation. He is a founding editor of the "Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics". During his forty three years at SUNY New Paltz Clark held temporary research positions in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada and Australia, and spent 9 years as department chair. During 6 years as associate dean he founded the Colloquium Series and helped to establish an environmental science major. In the minimal spare time left he pursues rock climbing, hang gliding, and amateur astronomy. Trevor Evans was his Ph.D. thesis advisor at Emory University.