June 25, 2009

Nothing fuzzy about fuzzy math

George W. Bush is probably responsible for people calling constructivist math advocacy "fuzzy math". There is a field called fuzzy logic, and while I know very little about it, I'm irritated that the former president's maladroit use of English is messing up technical terminology. Fuzzy logic is a useful tool in engineering, and while Lotfi Zadeh's original term may not be perfectly descriptive, math teachers should be the last to misuse a term that's in their own discipline.

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Posted in Education policy on June 25, 2009 3:26 PM |