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Topic: Movement to Keep Americans at the Bottom
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Kirby Urner

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Re: Movement to Keep Americans at the Bottom
Posted: Oct 26, 2008 1:31 AM
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Unlike many reform minded, I don't fixate on schools,
public or private, as the only valid or viable venue
for giving out clues about mathematical topics of
potential utility in future and/or present careers
and/or interesting projects (volunteer studies).

Whereas I'm happy to present faculty with say my
Python Briefing, which is geared to on-the-job teachers
(or teachers in training, for the odd ed school that
wants my kind in its guest speakers loop), I'm likewise
focused on private sector efforts to reach adult parents
looking for new job opportunities, needing new skills.
Coffee shops with free Wifi have become a favorite
hangout for such transitioning adults in many cases.

So we get back to a more primal pattern of parents being
a primary source of cultural information, as they're
getting gnu math in coffee shops while junior slogs
through whatever textbook in some calculator-dominated
subculture. Junior comes home and learns from parent
that there's a whole alternate reality out there, called
the real world, where math (numeracy) has a really
different spin, mixes with technology a lot more, even
pays the bills. Wow.

Fighting against ed schools doesn't seem a good strategy,
given they have such a juggernaut m.o. Better to be like
Sesame Street (not an ed school production), except aim
higher, as if Big Bird new about the complex plane all
of a sudden, Cookie Monster talked fractals.

Kirby

PS: I'll follow up with a copy of something to another
list, re not blaming the teachers, once this gets on.



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