The RTE Radion 1 liveline program on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March was dominated by parents and teachers expressed their views on project maths.
The podcast of the show is below.
Teachers are asking if geometric sequences or series can be examined on the leaving cert ord exam .Here is the extract from the syllabus. You must be able to generalise and explain patterns and relationships in algebraic form recognise whether a sequence is arithmetic, geometric or neither .This would imply that the basic properties of a geometric sequence T2/T1=T3/T2 must be taught .
At a recent inservice course on differential calculus for Ordinary Level Leaving cert maths given by the NCCA the teacher giving the course stated that the new course was a “pre Calculus course”.Not surprising considering how much essential material has been removed .Is this an admission at last that the course has been dumbed down?
Just in case teachers are not aware of what is gone here is the list .
Differentiation from 1st principles
Product Rule,Quotient Rule,chain Rule
The reciprocal functions are not mentioned .
In a recent conversation with a prominent author the NCCA has confirmed that the deffered topics will be included in the syllabus for the 2014 exam.Despite the fact that the IMTA report on project maths stated that the course was already too long . When asked if the NCCA had read the report from the IMTA (who are partners in the project maths implementation).The NCCA said that they had made the decision before they had seen the report . Note this report was available from November 2012 on www.projectmaths.com!
On another matter the spokesperson said the NCCA were looking at the layout and structure of the Leaving cert maths paper.