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Topic: vast underfunding
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Kirby Urner

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Re: vast underfunding
Posted: Feb 17, 2009 12:15 AM
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> 'Necessary' is hyperbole too. It is very important
> however.
> Now that those are out of the way, would you please
> indicate how you see middle and high school math
> would be enhanced by the use of graphing calculators?
> Richard

My feeling about calculators, graphing or no, is similar
to Haim's towards his Education Mafia (never met the
beast). They're available, use them if you must, but
this is 2009, and we actually do have rather well defined
notions of how to reboot the engineering curriculum at
least, even if maths proves terminally moribund, and that
involves running low cost FOSS on commodity hardware, not
talking about calculators, sorry.

I *am* talking about group theory, elementary version,
don't care if you get to Sylow's or those, Euclid's
Algorithm, Euler's Theorem for Polyhedra, totatives,
totient, polyhedral numbers, and so on (nothing I haven't
posted about a hundred times on this list) -- this is
about opening doors, not going all the way down the
hall to the far end. Choose a hallway in college maybe,
but get a sense of your options. If there's no good
engineering taught in your school, how will you know?
In CS, we're pretty happy with Python, so there's not
much objection from further up the pipeline. Kids are
into this appengine business, looking for entrepreneurial
angles, ways to differentiate outside of Facebook and

Does that mean we have all the kinks worked out? Per my
letter to the school superintendent, there's still a lot
of discovery needed.** We have a lot of budgeted
inservice and a lot of talent in the private sector, and
a community service requirement in *some* companies.

Mentor Graphics has been stellar, in supporting our
sciences, geek subculture ( etc.). The late
Doug Strain's ESI a role model too. Bruce Adams of
Applied Materials... great group out here, proud Pacific
Rim capitals (Seattle another hot spot for innovation,
thx to Gates Foundation probably, other initiatives).
I only know a fraction of what's going on, but that's
enough stay focused. Lots of data centers in our present
and future, especially if you count the casinos (and why
wouldn't you?).

Speaking of Microsoft, many thanks to Paul Allen, and
also to Joyce Cresswell, our director, without whom
very little of the present Saturday Academy scenario
would have been possible.


Notes: (cool) (promo) (** from above)

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