I originally started reading this forum six years ago, when I found myself in grad school and working a job where I had a lot of free time on my hands. For a month or so I posted, off and on, because I was student teaching and earning my M.Ed in Math Education, and interested in what I saw as a possible place to touch base with others with the same concerns as myself. I quickly came to realize that this forum was not interested in change or progress in the math ed world, but in argumentation.
Every once in a while, I popped in, just to see if anything had changed. What I saw were the same folks having the same argument over and over, with no sign of progress or breakthrough.
I checked this morning simply on a whim (giving a final exam for my summer class, again time to kill, why not). Ironically, it seems as though the powers that be at Drexel are dropping the hammer, so to speak, on the forum.
My request is to let it be destroyed. Perhaps not deleted entirely, but moved somewhere else. It sticks out like a sore thumb and makes the math ed community seem like a terrible place to be. This is not an open environment where thoughts and ideas can grow freely towards some sort of new idea; it is an arena where the same gladiators rehash the same fights over and over again. The earth has been salted here, and nothing will ever grow again.
I urge the discussion moderators to wipe the slate clean on this forum, and give something new a chance to form. Let those individuals who wish to continue their private war of words do so elsewhere.