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That section is clearly and unwarrantedly biased against Morris Kline and his critique of mathematics education. For example, the sentence:
"Though Kline began, in 1956, with a call to action, once the mobilization was in motion he turned critic."
implies that Kline changed his views and implies him a hypocrite. However, the facts put forward in the article are only that he made a "call to action" by criticizing the 1950's educational system, and that he disliked the New Math movement; isn't there the obvious possibility that he continously had a third opinion (namely that put forward in "Why Johnny Can't Add").
There are many other similar examples, for example:
However, the whole structure and air of the section reeks of antipathy. Kline's views are put forward only very slightly, while long citations of his critics are there in full (critics, who, we should keep in mind, were all proponents of the New Math movement).
A different issue: the section should discuss long-term effects of his teaching philosophies, and what and where they have had an influence on current teaching methods. Surely there is some. This seems much more important than details on what bickering there were back in the 60s.
A third issue: the "main article", Mathematics Education, contains only very little details which this article contains. Isn't that wrong use of "main article"? Shouldn't it be in the "See also"-page."
1. Interview, by Gerald L. Alexanderson, in Mathematical people: profiles and interviews, edited by Donald J. Albers & Gerald L. Alexanderson: http://books.google.com/books?id=huybRADziC0C&pg=PA173&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false
2. Relevant articles (cited by above authoritative source): The Mathematics Teacher:
American Mathematical Monthly: Logic Versus Pegagogy v 77 (1970) pp 264-282. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2317710 and at http://math.buffalostate.edu/~MED600/signednumbrs/Kline.pdf
More relevant secondary sources -- lots of book reviews of Kline's work -- to mine for inline citations at References page for Morris Kline bio at MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive (bio now in this article's References section); direct link at References for Morris Kline
I agree, the whole section on "Critique of mathematics education" is clearly an interested account which is of little or no interest to the general reader looking for an overview of Kline's work. It could be aptly replaced by the single paragraph on Kline's criticism of "New Math" which can be found in the Wiki on that topic.
Doing so would have the double benefit of not distracting from what is most important about Kline's work and not discussed at all beyond a list of references: his genuinely wonderful popularizations of topics in mathematics as related to their cultural and historical context.