Date: Dec 4, 2012 6:58 PM
Author: Louis Talman
Subject: Re: WG 13 Announcement: CERME 8 [Turkey]

On Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:39:51 -0700, Haim <> wrote:

> Lou Talman Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:20 PM

>> He may also use "TEM" without limit and without
>> admitting that he is doing so.

> Et tu, Lou?

Nice try. But I don't know anyone (except, possibly, for you) who will
grant you the status of Caesar---from which make such a complaint might

> So, you are really not sure what "The Education Mafia" means? Really?
> I'd bet you are pretty sure what your socialists friends mean when they
> talk about "Big Oil", or "Wall Street", or "Banksters" (a portmanteau of
> "banker" and "ganster"), or "capitalists", or "petty bourgoisie". How
> about "The 1%" and "The 99%"? No problem there, eh? But, somehow you
> just can't wrap your brain around the idea of "The Education Mafia".
> Gosh, Lou, I wonder who has more explaining to do.

They're all, as Kirby has pointed out, amorphous groups---poorly defined
at best.

I've never used any of those terms, if that helps you figure out where I
stand. Not that I care.

>> Of course, others---including you and me---share this
>> privilege. That's only fair.
>> As this list attests, such privileges make for dandy
>> arguments that have no resolutions.

> And you aim to keep it that way, because a true solution for what
> ails American public education will not be kind to The Education Mafia.

Whoever or whatever it may be. Or not be, for that matter.

- --Lou Talman
Department of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
Metropolitan State University of Denver