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


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 antiintellectual 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 crackerjack 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



