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

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