Thank You, Ron. Your contribution are professional at the highest standards ... and plenty provoking, too. So, here are a couple thoughts
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On Tue, 14 Mar 1995, Ronald A Ward wrote:
> 3. Comment on the statement: "As computers become more powerful, the > need for mathematics will decline."
It is more likely to be true that (because) computers increase our ability to do significant mathematics, our need for mathematics increases.
Mathematics is a body of knowledge and a set of skills that is ever evoloving. As mathematics does ever more wonderful things, our need for mathematics multiplies (!). Of course, certain types of mathematics are decreasing in value.
> 5. Why do you suppose that 50% of school teachers leave the profession > every seven years?
I find guessing about such issues very tricky. Quite often what looks strange is quite reasonable. For instance, a first reaction might be that teaching is unattractive to half the profession. I suspect that we need to know which teachers we are talking about, how many die, how many choose to leave because of family concerns, how many leave because they move, how many are normal retirements, and so on.
I am interested in what percent leave (and what percent join) the teaching profession each year because they want a change of job (and why).