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Van Hooft ’38 Letters to the Editor on Math Exam Published

Gordon E. Van Hooft, a 1938 graduate of Hobart College, had two letters to the editor published, both regarding the new math curriculum in New York state and the recent math regents exam. The first appeared in the Albany Times Union June 24. In it Van Hooft said “The old adage, 'If It Isn't Broken, Don't Fix It,' really applies in the current fiasco with the high failing rates on the Math A Regents exam.” He detailed the evolution of math education since the 1950s, and concluded, “So we have the sad aftermath of the new Math A test results, and the Math B exam will have similar problems. The answer is to revert to the Math 1, 2 and 3 sequence with 3 exams and passing Math 1 required for graduation.”

Van Hooft's second letter was published in the Schenectady Daily Gazette June 27, and stated “it is flat out ridiculous to use an exam that almost all students in the state start in September and take the exam some 17 months later at the middle of their sophomore year. The exam covers so much content and is based on a core curriculum that is not as definitive in establishing the content to be covered as the previous syllabuses were. Consequently, several major topics that teachers spent time on were not tested.”