On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM, Robert Hansen <email@example.com> wrote: > I suppose you have the same condemnation for musicians, artists and writers. All those privileged and spoiled brats. Why is it that you condemn the art of mathematics, but not the other arts? > > Bob Hansen >
I'm not condemning mathematicians. Or artists or writers. Many such people have a marginal existence, as couch surfers, little income.
"Freeing the scholar to return to his studies" is what we would like to do (and not meaning to sound sexist about it).
To say many students are caught up in a cruel game that poses tricky puzzles while failing to provide a safe context for study, is not to condemn teachers caught up in the same cruel game.