At 05:27 AM 7/23/2007, Haim wrote: >Wayne Posted: Jul 23, 2007 12:14 AM > >Thanks Michael, reviewing these old posts has been fun. > >It is obvious that my "accusations of racism" were > >nothing more than pointing out implications of > >unintended consequences of race-based (and sex-based) > >decision-making in mathematics education. > > Yes, it is perfectly obvious. > > >Justice Roberts said it beautifully, "the best way to > >stop racial discrimination is to stop discriminating on > >the basis of race." > > And this is perfectly obvious, too. Wayne, you should not feel > the need to spend too much time and energy rebutting the > irrelevant. The preposterous can be ignored, altogether.
Yes, but it is fun to revisit some of these preposterous, and deliberate, misrepresentations. My favorite, because it became so well-documented, was the "pickaninny incident" that is referred to here by one contributor from time to time. Although I didn't know until afterwards, it was the reason that I was kicked off of the LA Unified math curriculum committee a couple years earlier with the same deliberate misrepresentation by the same forces of the Dark Side. In 2002, it was a last-minute effort to get me kicked off the team of four (two teams of two, really) commissioned to assess the mathematics education program for the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Fortunately, Tony Norman, a local black journalist, saw through the sham and laid the issue to rest except in the minds of those who choose to act as if 1 + 1 = 3 and the assessment* went ahead as scheduled. It didn't happen right away but eventually the PPS did drop Everyday Mathematics but I assume the system still has plenty of educational problems. http://www.postgazette.com/columnists/20021022tony1022p5.asp "'Bishop made three unreasonable assumptions when he dashed off a note to colleagues on June 24, 1997. No. 1: A missive written in cyberspace will remain private. No. 2: Educational experts are sufficiently smart enough to differentiate between sarcasm and bare-knuckled racism. No. 3: He could demonize his opponents' position without fear of being demonized himself."
Guilty as charged.
Some readers might be interested in other Tony Norman contributions, for example, his most recent on banishment of the N-word. http://www.post-gazthemette.com/columnists/norman.asp "While the NAACP was burying a racial slur in Detroit, dozens of black parents across the country were burying children shot down in the streets of major cities by black people."
Fixing some things do matter and that includes publicly funded education, especially in heavily minority, low socioeconomic, urban districts. If the only way to get that done is to replace the status quo with a system augmented by lots of voucher schools, let's go for it. And blow up the schools of education, of course.