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Topic: Re: Another reply to Lou Talman (fwd)
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david klein

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Re: Another reply to Lou Talman (fwd)
Posted: Jun 8, 1997 8:24 AM
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From Martha Schwartz:

<< Are you willing, Martha Schwartz, to come to the university and pay the
penalties associated with maintaining high standards when your colleagues
won't?

--Lou Talman >>

Been there, and know the problem. The universities, as institutions, have to
make a UNITED stand in defense of knowledge and in defense of high standards.
All of Talman's arguments make sense only with respect to an
anti-intellectual world. America has always been like this, but why aren't
the UNIVERSITIES a refuge?

Algebra (let alone calculus!) is one of the great and useful inventions of
the human mind and is worthy of some protection. If I take calculus, and all
I get from it is cracker-jack algebra skills, I haven't wasted my time. But
please convince me, that if all I learn is to let a calculator make graphs
for me, that I've gotten anything even half as good as algebra?

Martha





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