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Topic: Excessive Equality
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Haim

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Re: Excessive Equality
Posted: Sep 12, 2012 7:59 AM
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Barry Garelick Posted: Sep 12, 2012 12:18 AM

> Oh, give it a rest Chandy. You're more tedious than
> Haim.


Now that really hurt, comparing me to Chandy. Let me point out an essential difference between him and me.

While it is true that, like Chandy, I ride the same few hobby horses very hard, my memos are always prompted by current events. For example, although I have been talking about the corruption of the Education Mafia for the whole of this millennium, each time I raise the subject I do so only because of a front-page item in the NY Times, or something else quite like that. So, I am working off events that are actually happening, right now, and that are important enough to catch the attention of "The Paper of Record" and other major news organs. Whatever other criticisms you care to make about me and my positions, unlike a couple of other correspondents to this forum, this is not about Poor Ol' Haim living in his own make-believe world.

For another example, I talk about multiculturalism only because it is an important element of Education Mafia ideology, and Becker supports me in this assertion every time he posts to this forum a position opening, at a college, that details multiculturalism as an essential requirement, and I find support often enough in other ways. As for the current events that prompt my memos on multiculturalism, Zut alors! doesn't anybody read a newspaper around here?!

In other words, multiculturalism is both an important element of Education Mafia ideology and it is an important item on their agenda. Let's give credit where it is due: the Education Mafia practice what they preach. Should we not talk about it? And, if we want to discuss multiculturalism, there is a ton material in the news, every day.

My most recent submission on multiculturalism was a little different because it was not prompted by a newspaper item. This time, Becker published an announcement about CERME8 meeting in Turkey. Turkey (or, the Sultanate) is celebrated among multiculturalists for its diversity and tolerance. Diversity, yes. How anybody, with a reading level above the 4th grade, can read tolerance into that bloody history remains one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. (Well, there is this: if you know nothing about the Millet system except a dictionary definition, I can see how one can get confused.)

Finally, this brings me to the topic of this thread, "Excessive Equality". As with corruption, I have been writing on this topic for most of this millenium, but I submitted a memo to the forum because of a paper that was publish mere weeks ago in a major think tank, the American Enterprise Institute
http://www.aei.org/papers/education/k-12/solving-americas-mathematics-education-problem/

So, I am hardly alone in thinking that Excessive Equality is an important, current issue that merits active investigation. In fact, I feel entitled to say: What's taken yous so long to get here?

Haim
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