In case no one noticed, I see no women in on this discussion. Baseball sure won't interest me in mathematics, nor will Barbie Dolls. On the other hand, a classroon visit by a real person who uses mathematics in their profession can and will excite students. The book problems, real or contrived will never replace the excitement of good teachers and others who help show students see both the "application" and the "for its own sake--beauty & power" sides of mathematics.
On Mon, 22 Aug 1994, Mortenson wrote:
> >re "baseball for geometry, baseball for pre-calculus" > > > > I hope someone's still reaching out to the kids who aren't > >interested in baseball! > > > > John Conway > > Wonderful thought, John. Worthy of a bumper sticker. > > Mike Mortenson > > >