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ERIC Number: EJ768778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
An English Uprising
Ball, Derek; Ball, Barbara
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n199 p20-21 Nov 2006
Recently the authors visited Poland for a few days. The purpose of their visit was to talk to some Polish teachers about using interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in the teaching of mathematics. They ran a workshop for primary teachers and secondary teachers and they found that these teachers were quite responsive in working with the mathematics problems and situations they presented, although their host, Wacek Zawadowski--who is strongly involved with the Polish ATM--seemed quite disappointed by their response and suggested that teachers needed to learn to take more risks when working on mathematics. While they were in Poland, Wacek had been discussing the difficulty of making political changes to the education system in Poland. His message was that political "freedom" was undoubtedly a good thing, but it did make protest more difficult. Wacek suggested that perhaps another uprising was necessary. All this seems to be the same in England. In this article, the authors call for an English uprising to dent the bureaucratic education system, the cynical government, the apathetic electorate and the meaningless political slogans about standards. (Contains 4 figures.)
Association of Teachers of Mathematics. Unit 7 Prime Industrial Park, Shaftesbury Street, Derby, DE23 8YB, UK. Tel: +44-1332-346599; e-mail: admin@atm.org.uk; Web site: http://www.atm.org.uk/mt/index.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Poland; United Kingdom (England)