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THE COUNCIL of the Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching desire to call the attention of all who are interested in the teaching of Geometry to the reports of the Mathematical Board at Cambridge and the Board of the Faculty of Natural Science at Oxford upon a Memorial recently presented to these Universities through the Council.
The Cambridge Board reports (Cambridge University Reporter, May 31st, 1887) : “The majority of the Board are of opinion that the rigid adherence
to Euclid's text is prejudicial to the interests of education, and that greater freedom in the method of teaching Geometry is desirable. As it appears that this greater freedom cannot be attained while a knowledge of Euclid's text is insisted upon in the examinations of the University, they consider that such alterations should be made in the regulations of the examinations as to admit other proofs besides those of Euclid, while following, however, his general sequence of propositions, so that no proof of any proposition: occurring in Euclid should be accepted in
which a subsequent proposition in Euclid's order is assumed." Signed by
C. SMITH, Chairman.
J. W. L. GLAISHER, (PROF.) J. STUART,
A. R. FORSYTH, (Dr.) W. H. BESANT, S. L. LONEY. The above list contains the names of all members of the Board with two exceptions.
The Oxford Board in nearly equivalent terms reports : “1. That a rigid adherence to the ordinary text-books of Euclid
should no longer be insisted on, but that a greater freedom of demonstration should be allowed, both in Geometrical teaching
and in Examination. “2. That, nevertheless, Euclid's method should be required in all
Pass Examinations in Geometry in so far as that no axioms other than those of Euclid shall be admitted, and that no proof of a proposition be allowed which assumes the truth of any proposition which does not precede it according to Euclid's order."
Improvement of Geometrical Teaching.
ELEMENTS OF PLANE GEOMETRY. .
(CORRESPONDING TO EUCLID, BOOKS III., IV., V., VI.)
Prepared by the Committee appointed by the Association.
“Proficiency in Pure Geometry .. perennially
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Printed by Hazell, Watson, & Viney, Ld., London and Aylesbury.
The Second part of the Elements of Plane Geometry, now submitted to the Public, has been prepared on the same lines as the First Part issued two years ago. Books III., IV., V., of the “Syllabus of Plane Geometry” have been revised, Demonstrations of the Propositions supplied, and suitable Exercises inserted.
The two parts contain the portion of Plane Geometry treated of in Euclid, Books I. to VI., with some additional matter, and afford a sufficient course for School Teaching. It will probably be found in most cases advantageous to postpone the study of Part II. of Book IV. until after a first reading of Book V.
The Association hopes shortly to publish Syllabuses of Elementary Solid Geometry, and Geometrical Conic Sections, and probably also of Higher Geometry, indicating courses of study in these Subjects suitable for school purposes.