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Topic: Do things ever change?
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Kirby Urner

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Re: Do things ever change?
Posted: Mar 27, 2008 12:24 PM
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Yo Haim --

I think the Iraq War is pertinent to some extent as
we've got designs for putting some returnees into
math teaching roles, including on base in an enlisted
capacity i.e. much of what we're doing with computers
in the private sector, to teach children, might be
adapted to advantage families in the services, which
are subject to civilian oversight.

Regarding how reformists sound similar themes over
time, I think that's true. Dave discounts minor wrinkles
like technology, goes for the rhetoric. I notice in my
Chicago talk (link posted) that I employ a familiar trope
or two e.g. kids beg me to not send them back to their
traditionalist context (which is true), plus I employ
standard divide and conquer strategies vs. the states,
singling out the smart ones by litmus test (do they teach
Euclid's Method for finding the GCD?).

I'm also very typically a salesman (vendor), trash talking
calculators because of my HP flatscreens or whatever they
are. I'm clearly competing for public dollars, just as
you suspect (no shame in being a defense contractor, if
it's really defense that you're peddling (vs. some
mindless manifest destiny imperialism of the prehistoric
knuckle dragging "American century" type (a political
embarrassment, worthy of spoof))).

Plus I think schools are underfunded, as we need more
video/audio editing equipment and electric ATVs, not just
Mindstorms Lego and Cuisinaire bricks. More field trips
to Antarctica also on the drawing boards, an opportunity
not just for the rich and privileged. Overseas boarding
schools also planned, public as in tax sponsored (i.e.
you can apply from Peoria, for a year in Uruguay or
whatever, with at least half the student body from the
school's locale (international school model, but adapted
to serve a broader domestic base, give more USAers pre-
college overseas experience though a secular model i.e.
not in the capacity of missionaries or NGO personnel)).

Kirby



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