Date: Mar 8, 1995 5:01 PM
Author: Ronald A Ward
Subject: Chapter Two--Everybody Counts
Here is the second installment in the series of questions about Everybody
Counts. Each week I am asking just a few questions about the content of
a particular chapter. The idea is that readers, even if they have not
previously read the document, should be able to work thru a chapter per
week. And it should give us all a good observation point from which to
take in the rich variety of sessions and workshops at the Boston meetings.
Sharing of responses, ideas, additional questions or concerns is encouraged.
1. Why are only "non-Asian minorities" underrepresented in fields
requiring substantial mathematics? Can you explain the unusual
connection between mathematics and cultural or family values and
traditions? Why is the effect of underrepresentation of minorities in
mathematics magnified so much in the long term?
2. If women get 46% of all math baccalaureates, why do they receive only
35% of master's and 17% of all Ph.D degrees in the mathematical sciences?
3. Do you believe the author's statement that "Demand for mathematics
teachers at all levels will exceed the supply of qualified persons
throughout the next decade"?
4. What is meant by "Concerns of equity join common cause with those of
economic need"? Can you explain how "raising expectations for all" can
either "enhance" or "ensure equity and excellence for all"? These are
all nicely turned phrases, but ...
That's all, folks. :)
Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225