On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 3:35 PM, Greg Goodknight <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 02/26/2014 03:13 PM, kirby urner wrote: > >> But I'll work to remain open minded. >> > > Try first working to *become* open minded. Maybe learn more about the > mathematics expected of freshmen in any decent university catering to the > sciences you didn't bother to take at Princeton. > > > I'll let the jury (readers) decide which of us is the unimaginative guardian of a failed status quo.
> > >> Mr. Hansen has already confessed in public, earlier in this >> thread, gazillions of well-paid service workers in IT don't >> branch off from precalc-calc, they branch from algebra. >> > > > The function (just to overload the word du jour) of K-12 is not that of a > trade school, and few parents of a bright 8th grader would put their child > in an algebra class bearing the warning "this algebra class is on a track > which does not lead to the math required for university study of math, > physics, chemistry or engineering, and is intended for shallow polymaths > who do not wish a deep understanding of those subjects in order to dabble > in IT as their life's work". > > -Greg > > "Deep understanding" my foot.