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Packard Heir Signs Up for National 'Math Wars'

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Science  11 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5455, pp. 956-959
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5455.956

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Computer heir David W. Packard keeps a low profile, but there are signs that his $1.5 billion charitable institute may add math to its substantial investment in reading reform. The most notable sign of this was an 18 November 1999 ad in The Washington Post urging the Department of Education to withdraw its "premature" endorsement of 10 new mathematics texts for elementary and secondary school students, which Packard paid for. But some math educators say the ad, instead of encouraging open debate, inflames an already politicized conflict.

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