I find it fascinating to see who interprets the change in this list from unmoderated street brawl to moderated professional forum as a "slamming of the gates," "death of AMTE," and the like. Unless I miss my guess, all these fascinating metaphors originate from a particular band on the spectrum of views about mathematics education represented on this list. Coincidence?
While some readers view me as just another street brawler, I might point out that I have publicly applauded the decision of AMTE to go to a moderated format and have made no bones about my reasoning. Despite my support for free speech, my recent post about Kuwaiti bazaars and English gentlemen's clubs explains my belief that there is a clear need for there to be places where like-minded persons can retreat to discourse as they see fit without obstruction and the shrieking voices of dissent. I doubt that any of those who choose the new AMTE "club" as a place for peaceful contemplation and discussion plan to retreat entirely from the public marketplace of ideas with all its hubbub, but it is certainly anyone's right to do so should they choose, and without having to hear all the usual nonsense from all the usual quarters. Do those who claim that the change in format spells some sort of disaster think that if they yell a little louder and longer that they'll change the mind of anyone who's listened to them for years? Or do they simply object to the democratic right of people to turn away and change the subject?
Let me repeat a question that has gone unanswered by those to whom it was clearly directed:
If you're SO dedicated to free speech on AMTE, why can't I, Victor, Lou, or any member of the AMTE list make additions to the MC web site or join, say, the Klein List? Are you really interested in free exchange of ideas or merely the promulgation of your own? I'd thank you in advance, but that would imply that I expected a civil, honest answer. ------ Michael Paul Goldenberg Washtenaw Technical Middle College 5900 Bridge Rd #715 LA 230L Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Ann Arbor, MI 48106
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