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kirby urner

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Recap: Letter to Arne Duncan etc.
Posted: Mar 31, 2010 1:12 PM
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Just to recap some recent points, in my view almost everything
the Obama administration wants to accomplish is undercut by
a school system choosing not to inform our children about some
of the important developments of the 20th century, in particular
a simple whole number volumes approach to spatial geometry
which includes a minimum space-filling tetrahedron of volume 1/8.

Including this information would not require tossing out the Euclidean
material, which gets touted as a model of rational thinking. On the
other hand, excluding this info is hardly rational, and so again, the
central point is in danger of getting lost.

If the goal is to think rationally, why cruelly censor some easy
insights, sharable at all levels? What's so rational about that? Why
not connect these dots while we still have that option?

Robert, did you find any textbooks covering this information?
Amy's book was both admired and attacked, but isn't a textbook.

The info is everywhere nevertheless (like on Wikipedia). Even
Math World can't seem to bring itself to discuss space-filling
tetrahedra on its page on space-filling polyhedra. Why does
that seem to bother only me?

http://worldgame.blogspot.com/2010/03/view-from-abroad.html

Before I learned of Jaime Escalante's passing, I was suggesting
in the blog post below that we continue celebrating his
contributions:

http://mybizmo.blogspot.com/2010/03/four-years-later.html

I know I keep harping on the same themes, so it's easy to
see me as some kind of fanatic. Cogent debate would be
preferable to me just talking to myself.

Actually, I'm aware of a large, concerned readership, not
necessarily tracking this particular archive, that shares
similar anxieties. This isn't that hard a story to follow.

Maybe there will be something in a newspaper someday? Lets
face it, my blogs are kind of obscure, as is math-teach here
at the Math Forum.

If people want some reform in what happens in math education,
this "verboten math" might be a topic worthy of investigation.

Kirby



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