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Re: Chapter TwoEverybody Counts
Posted:
Mar 14, 1995 5:01 PM


On Wed, 8 Mar 1995, Ronald A Ward wrote:
> 1. Why are only "nonAsian minorities" underrepresented in fields > requiring substantial mathematics? Can you explain the unusual > connection between mathematics and cultural or family values and > traditions? Why is the effect of underrepresentation of minorities in > mathematics magnified so much in the long term?
Why unusual ? Not only mathematics, any cultural activity is connected with family traditions. In some other areas this is still more noticeable, e.g. circus, banking. > 3. Do you believe the author's statement that "Demand for mathematics > teachers at all levels will exceed the supply of qualified persons > throughout the next decade"?
It depends on what is meant by `demand'. If it means `need', then the excess of need over supply is enormous and always was.
Andrei Toom



