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Toom, Andrei – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1993
Contrasts the author's experiences teaching mathematics in Russia and as an immigrant to the United States. The author is particularly critical of the emphasis on grades and formal records in American higher education. American education is often guilty of confusing good grades or a degree with competence. (SLD)
Descriptors: Communism, Competence, Comprehension, Cultural Differences
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Toom, Andrei – Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 1993
Presents the experiences of a Russian mathematician teaching in Russian and American Universities. Topics discussed include what was taught, the importance of grades, cultural and parental factors, mathematicians' attitudes toward teaching, and some problems in elementary mathematics. (MDH)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Foreign Countries, Grading, Higher Education