June 21, 1991 |
West Chester school officials said yesterday that they were no closer to ending the stalemate created Wednesday when teacher Remo Ciccone announced that he would withhold students' final grades until administrators granted his demands in an escalating job dispute. Ciccone, a controversial teacher at Henderson Senior High School, wants to continue teaching the honors calculus class he has led with great fanfare since 1989. Principal Eliot Larson, acting on his belief that Ciccone's teaching methods are Draconian, reassigned him to a regular calculus class beginning next year.
June 26, 1991 |
The West Chester Area School District yesterday sought a court order to force Remo Ciccone, the controversial high school calculus teacher, to turn in final grades for his students. Ciccone, 39, has refused to release the grades for 85 Henderson High School students to protest his reassignment at the school. Meanwhile, Ciccone said yesterday that he had received a letter from district officials on Monday indicating "they were going to begin proceedings to ask to dismiss me. " A hearing has not been scheduled on the district's request for a court order.
November 19, 1987 |
Economic prophets have exhorted Americans to face up to the "budget deficit" and the "trade deficit. " Now the National Academy of Science urges them to confront the "calculus deficit. " Declining national skill in this crucial type of math weakens U.S. ability to compete economically, warns the academy's Board on Mathematical Science and its Mathematical Science Education Board. They have a point. Calculus permeates the work of scientists and engineers, of financial analysts and bankers, of military strategists and disarmament planners.
February 12, 2013 |
Do you remember that the secant function has vertical asymptotes? Neither did I, but it came right back to me when I listened to the soothing tones of Robert Ghrist. He is a mathematics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, but since January, his audience has grown exponentially: 48,000 people in more than 62 countries. Ghrist is spreading the gospel of calculus through an online education service called Coursera, and he scored a big vote of confidence last week when a higher-education umbrella group said the course deserved official college credit.
May 14, 2003 |
It's Advanced Placement exam season, and high school students are fretting over the three-hour tests that will determine whether they will earn college credits for their rigorous courses. But seniors in the A.P. calculus class at Archbishop Ryan High School in the Far Northeast aren't sweating. They know that their teacher, Sister Alice Hess, has compiled impressive numbers. Since Sister Alice introduced A.P. calculus to the school a decade ago, nearly 100 percent of her students have scored at least 3 out of 5 points on the exam and earned college credits.
October 21, 1996 |
Most of the world hasn't noticed, but if you're one of those folks who is titillated by trapezoids, prefers Pythagoras to Poe, and tries to work the word rhombus into casual conversations, you should know 1996 is a year to celebrate. A trio of mathematical milestones are being marked, and though none of them will help you balance your checkbook, those in the field acknowledge their importance. Three hundred years ago, in 1696, the first book of calculus was published. In 1796 a German teenager showed it was possible to construct a regular heptadecagon (a 17-sided polygon)
February 14, 2015 |
For their 2016 convention, Democrats picked a city where they have a voter-registration edge of better than 6-1, the political fulcrum of a state that has reliably backed the party's presidential nominees for a generation. Sure, Philadelphia resonates with the symbolism of the nation's founding, but as a purely strategic play, wouldn't it have made more sense to convene in Columbus, in the true swing state of Ohio? Perhaps, some analysts suggested, the third finalist, Brooklyn, N.Y., was rejected because of tension between New York City police officers and liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio - or because the borough's hipsters with their artisanal cheeses wouldn't exactly scream "middle America" on TV. "It's primarily a business decision for us," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said Thursday.
September 5, 1993 |
Math teacher Remo Ciccone has notified his former employers at Kingsway Regional High School that he plans to sue the district for $10 million in damages for wrongful dismissal. "I will win," Ciccone said. Raymond J. Rapposelli, Ciccone's attorney, mailed a notice of the intention to sue - required under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act when a state agency or corporate municipality is sued - to the high school on Aug. 18. Kingsway was the second district, in two years and across two states, to dismiss Ciccone.
April 17, 1988 |
The arrival of a new gang on the block is - unhappily - nothing new in East Los Angeles. But the colors and jackets of the one that began hanging out in the graffiti-daubed halls of Garfield High School six years ago puzzled rivals and experts. "They have three different jackets, and it's the biggest deal in the school," explained Edward James Olmos. "There's a white one that says 'A.P. Calculus' for your first year, a red one for your second and a blue for the third year. I don't have to tell you having one of those jackets is the biggest deal in the school.
December 5, 1991 |
Even though he knew the votes were against him, math teacher Remo Ciccone said he had to try to fight to save his job at Henderson High School in West Chester. Though he has been fired from his position, he vowed in an interview Tuesday to appeal his case to the state Department of Education if his union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, decides his grievances deserve to be heard. "It was a kangaroo court," Ciccone, 39, said of the two-month set of hearings, which began Oct. 7 before the school board.