On Dec 27, 2013, at 1:50 AM, kirby urner <kirby.urner@GMAIL.COM> wrote:
True, but to my point. Devlinís course is basically a 10th grade introduction to logic. I was taken back by the mathematical immaturity of what he is offering. Maybe if I looked at it as a 10th grade class I would be more impressed.
I absolutely loved those Time-Life books, but inspiration is only a small part of the journey. You still have to master the material and that is done in classrooms with textbooks. My associates didnít find our STEM classes intensely dull at all. And we went on to have enjoyable and successful STEM careers. Isnít the likely and more reasonable explanation as to why you find STEM classrooms boring is simply that you donít actually have much of a sincere interest in STEM? You seem fine when STEM equates to watching YouTube videos or just playing, but when it gets serious and weighted with detail, you abscond. Thatís not really about the class, that is about how sincere your interest actually is.
You are jumping around a lot here, but since my current practice is based on a whole stack of Oracle products, the least of which is the database, I think I am more than qualified to offer some guidance here. There are very few people who failed algebra and make a living writing SQL. It is probably that the reasoning skills are very similar. Of course, making a living to me doesnít mean writing SQL for a soup kitchen, bless their heart. It means working for a company, often in a cubicle, and making those salaries you keep referring to. And DBAís donít write SQL anymore. Being a DBA is all about security, performance, availability and disaster recovery.
Excuse me for being a stickler for detail. Aston Tate, Lotus and DOS ruled the 80ís, while the glory days of the TRS-80 were coming to a close. VB came out in 1991 and Windows, for all intents and purposes, didnít even exist until Windows 3.1 which came out in 1992. I am sure that the former VBers would like to teach, seeing that VB has been dead since 2003, when .Net emerged. I was a VBer, for 10 years, but I have always been really good at catching the next wave. I tried to get many associates to change. But you know what they say about old dogs.
You are right about the barriers to teach though. But it isnít because the world doesnít like VBers. Youíve seen the policies and mandates. We talk about them here all the time. Why would you even bother applying to teach at a public school at this point?
Public schools could easily afford CS. It isnít like in our day when it required a mainframe. They have more than enough PCs floating around, doing nothing. And it certainly isnít math that keeps schools from teaching CS. Math and CS go together like peanut butter and jelly. Maybe you were in a coma for the last 20 years, but most of the energy in public schools has shifted to the bottom 25% and the disabled. It takes all their energy just to rig test scores and give a semblance of diversity. It isnít like it was when we went to school. Yes, you can escape a lot of this by moving to an expensive zip code or going to a private school. Or you might be lucky enough to be part of a selective public school or focused charter school. But how can you blame people for taking those options when you know very well what mainstream public schooling has become?
That makes two of us. I have created quite a bit of content for my reference curriculum. But I also keep vacillating between that and a book on mathematical pedagogy in general. I am just amazed at how backward the field went in the last 20 to 30 years.