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Topic: Ralph A. Raimi's Article "Precision of Speech"
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Jonathan Groves

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From: Kaplan University, Argosy University, Florida Institute of Technology
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Ralph A. Raimi's Article "Precision of Speech"
Posted: Oct 13, 2010 12:12 PM
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Dear All,

The following article "Precision of Speech" by Ralph A. Raimi gives
another excellent and strong reason for why mathematics education
is failing our students:

http://www.math.rochester.edu/people/faculty/rarm/precision.html.

Though he mentions mathematics education, I believe the reason
he mentions here, which is the flood of imprecise and meaningless
speech in the media and in everyday life, language that sounds
impressive but does not say much of anything, carries over to
education in general.

Raimi does say that he does not claim that this reason is the
reason for mathematical education's failures, and I would not
make any such claim either. The reasons are many and complex
and so cannot be reduced to a simple list that is also an
exhaustive one. But imprecision in everyday speech and in
the media certainly contributes much to the problem of our
students' educational failures.

I may have additional comments later.



Jonathan Groves



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