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Topic: I agree with Susan
Replies: 1   Last Post: Jun 3, 1995 10:12 PM

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Michael Paul Goldenberg

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Re: I agree with Susan
Posted: Jun 3, 1995 10:12 PM
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So Jerry, your point is what? That you think that Dan shouldn't call me a
liar, or that I shouldn't complain when he does?

Look, I'm not going to back off on this, to the extent that I won't be
talked out of attacking POSITIONS with which I strongly disagree. Last
year, after complaints about the exchanges between Dan and me, I took it
to private mail and, for a while at least, I thought we were actually
communicating (though Dan may recall it differently.) This year, I went
out of my way to reopen my exchanges with Dan by making a joke about his
being "totally wrong," and I thought it was glaringly obvious that I was
trying to keep things light. Perhaps I wasn't obvious enough. Perhaps I
didn't keep all the later responses at the "proper temperature" for some
of the more sensitive palates on the list, but I felt (and continue to
feel) that asking everyone to be a perfect gentleman or lady when
discussing issues about which we feel passionately is unrealistic. Should
we start a separate list called NCTM-L.hot.tempers? Or should some of us
voice complaints that others are too dispassionate? What ever happened to
the notion of tolerating different styles of discourse?

Finally, I've received many kind communications from folks on this list
who seem to find my contributions worthwhile. That doesn't give me carte
blanche to say or do whatever comes into my head, but it suggests that
there are many points of view on the list (as well as in cyberspace) and
that we're better off getting back to the issues of mathematics education
and the Standards then trying to turn this into a forum on Netiquette.
Just as we differ in ideas, we also differ in styles of presentation.
Let's agree to disagree and move on.

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Michael Paul Goldenberg
University of Michigan 310 E. Cross St.
4001 School of Education Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259 (313) 482-9585
(313) 747-2244 email: mikegold@umich.edu

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