Some subscribers to
Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post "English Majors:
Roadblocks to STEM-Based Prosperity!" [Hake (2013)]. The
to the National Governors Association webpage "Science,
Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Education" at
<http://bit.ly/14epfgM>: "STEM education for all students
is linked to our nation's future prosperity . . . . . GOVERNORS ARE IN
A UNIQUE POSITION TO ADVANCE COMPREHENSIVE STEM EDUCATION POLICY
AGENDAS. . . . ." [My CAPS.]
Governors are also
in a unique position to deter English Majors (EMs) from blocking
STEM-Based Prosperity. Governors need to take immediate steps to (a)
outlaw offerings of the English Major in state universities; and (b)
counter pro-EM propaganda by English professors - for example, Matz's
"Dear Garrison" at <http://bit.ly/14E1t4W>, a counter
to Garrison Keillor's EM-belittling jokes, and
English Major" at <http://bit.ly/1974pFo>. Edmundson went over the top with:
- and I mean all - ought to think seriously about majoring in
The late John
Atherton (1986) - see <http://lat.ms/18X3qHu> - in his brilliant
"Confessions of an English Poetry Eater" at
<http://bit.ly/17cwUPw> has relayed the tragic testimony of
Joseph Priestly Galileo (JPG), whose potential as a STEM superstar was
demolished by closet English major "B." JPG's transcript
reads in part:
"It was in my 22nd year that the horrible incident occurred. I
had spent an idle and debauched evening at the home of B. . . . . .
Suddenly B remarked, 'Joseph, have you ever seen a copy of T.H.
Huxley's 'On a piece of chalk?' . . . . . . 'You see, Joseph, he
said, as the poison on the pages worked its way with me, 'how can it
be so bad if it gives so much delight? You must visit me more often.
Perhaps,' he lowered his voice and bent close to my ear, 'perhaps I
may let you read a novel.' When I drew back in alarm, he understood
that he had gone too far. . . . . .When [my father] heard that I had
sniffed the sulphur of metaphor, [he] at once confined me to the
laboratory with a copy of "Principia Mathematica." But the
damage had been done. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If my
story can be a warning to susceptible scientists, I will rest more
easily. Remember, not a scintilla of metaphor can be allowed to touch
the minds of our youth. We must stamp our ruthlessly any trace of the
terrible traffic in tropes. Alliteration! The horror, the
horror! Nurse, please, a couplet, for I am fading fast."
To access the
complete 13 kB post please click on <http://bit.ly/19dKg0h>.
Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana
Links to Articles:
Links to Socratic
Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs:
Google Scholar: <http://bit.ly/Wz2FP3>
"As for me, my senses have been completely shattered by
contemporary poetry. There is no known cure."
- Joseph Priestly Galileo as quoted by John
REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on
30 July 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013.
"English Majors: Roadblocks to STEM-Based Prosperity!"
online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/19dKg0h>.
Post of 11 Aug 2013 10:46:17-0400 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract
and link to the complete post are being distributed to various
discussion lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
<http://bit.ly/19bP06B> with a provision for