And it made it to today's Sun-Herald, page 34:
Outdated HSC maths no longer adds up
Hannah Edwards Education Reporter
February 4, 2007
Sections of the Higher School Certificate maths syllabus are out of date and the course should not be so exam-focused, a new report says.
Conducted by University of Technology Sydney academic Mary Coupland, the analysis is part of a broad review of the senior maths syllabus by the NSW Board of Studies.
While subjects are typically reviewed every five to six years, HSC maths - or stage six maths - has not been overhauled for about 20 years.
The review began late last year and a new curriculum is expected to be introduced for study in schools in 2010, with students examined on it the following year.
Dr Coupland, senior lecturer in the department of mathematical sciences, analysed the non-compulsory maths study options in Australian states including Victoria and Queensland and countries including England, the US, Finland and Singapore.
She found that senior maths in NSW was set at an appropriate level for students hoping to go on to university when compared with other states, but the syllabus had not kept up with trends.
"The current NSW mathematics courses provide an appropriate level of challenge but have not changed in content to reflect current uses of technology, and contemporary applications of mathematics," the report says.
Fewer students were studying higher level maths, with more enrolling in the easier course options.
The senior maths course could also shift from being so exam-focused.
"In schools the focus could be nudged from the tests towards the solving of interesting problems.
"This is a time for evaluating, preserving the best, and incorporating the better of the new," Dr Coupland said.
The study's findings, as well as the results of a survey of 100 schools and a symposium of mathematics experts, will now be analysed by the Board of Studies.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/outdated-hsc-maths-no-longer-adds-up/2007/02/03/1169919577628.html