At 02:06 AM 8/2/2005, Wayne Bishop wrote: >Except for kids of semi-affluent semi-educated parents who are headed for >a superior score in AP Calculus. Extrapolate to life success.
That's right, kids! Extrapolate your AP Calculus scores to life success. So if you get a 3 or a 2, you must be a failure and you might as well go and kill yourself. Or become a garbage collector. Or President.
I still haven't quite figured out what Wayne's truism implies about those who don't take the test.
>With that qualification, Lou is correct; for the unwashed masses there is >no canon.
Funny, Wayne, really funny.
In case it was not clear from my original statement, I implied that ideas that are meant ONLY as recommendations mistakenly are taken to become "standards" in the bureaucratic process, so I am actually in agreement with Lou. Note that I am not implying in any way that only the loony absolutists such as Wayne create this problem. I can cite several examples where well intentioned reformers incorporate something that clearly was meant only as an illustration of a concept into various standards. The irony is that in some of those cases, it is the absolutist traditionalist loons who were responsible for enshrining these examples into the curricula.