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Re: math for girls
Posted:
Jun 11, 1996 11:24 AM


Maxine Bridger wrote: <<Women can think as logically as men; they may prefer to work collaboratively, but to say they only learn that way and only do mathematics inductively is to set back by decades women's struggles to be respected as mathematicians.>>
To say that any group can "only" do ANYTHING in "only" one way is rarely, if ever, correct. But I also wouldn't say women who have gone on to be mathematicians are representative of all female students. It seems to me that some women mathematicians (and I'm not necessarily speaking of Maxine, this is NOT a flame) have forgotten that not all girls learn the way THEY do, just as not all boys learn the way male mathematicians do (which many male mathematicians also have forgotten), or not all people....
I do agree with Maxine, though: it's tiresome how many people always throw certain attributes onto all members of a group. (For example, one person who found out I studied mathematics said, "Oh, you're a numbers person." That seems highly inaccurate to me.) That's what the words "most", "some", "many", etc are for....
Eric Karnowski



