<< 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?