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Topic: MPG and diagramming
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Bob Wilson

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MPG and diagramming
Posted: Jul 27, 1995 1:25 AM
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I enjoyed MPG's obit for NCTM-L; indeed a clever response, fun reading.

I have a serious question, one I hope people will not not view as cynical, but
rather as inquisitive. I am the one who fails to see what use diagramming
sentences serves. Some of you have supported it. I sincerely want to
understand to what purpose it exists. Some of my colleagues have supported it
as necessary in the understanding of languages. I can certainly understand
that and as such it should perhaps be included in a study of languages, in whose
context it might make more sense; but is it necessary to develop the ability
to write? How do you see that it has served you as an adult? This is not
intended as a cynical post. I am merely pondering whether there are
approaches in both language and mathematics education that need to be

It is impossible to see facial expressions unless one can see who one is
speaking with (I'm sure Winston Churchill will forgive my danglings...will
you?) That very reason makes the phone an uncomfortable forum for me. I
realize that I have some growing to do within this media. With that, I
apologize to those I have offended and I do hope that my question will be
viewed as a search for input, nothing more.


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