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Topic: Boeing math
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Rebecca Corwin

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Boeing math
Posted: Dec 11, 1995 11:42 AM
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I share the concern over this approach. It may not be intended as an elitist
statement, nor as a class-based statement. But it is problematic. Maybe not
all high school custodians need shakespeare--but maybe not all physicists do
either.

We do wrong to put this in terms of need based on future employment
prospects; education in a democracy assumes the highest common denominator,
not the lowest.

Dewey is worth a read..............

Rebecca Corwin
Lesley College
Cambridge, MA.
....a college with a mascot.....

Marc Vidulich wrote > I still think that there is a substantial population
of manual labourers,
> small business owners, artists, teachers (of non-math disciplines), auto
> mechanics, plumbers, journalists, truck drivers, seamstresses, restaurant
> employees, etc. that do not need, as you say, "a pretty sophisticated
> level" of algebra and geometry. << snip



Jack Roach wrote: >>Not so long ago there was a concept of a person's
"station in
life." Closely associated with this was the idea that it was pointless
to educate someone beyond what they needed for their station. (Some
people still suffer for this idea---e.g. women in mathematics.) I
seriously doubt that you had this in mind but when you start to list the
mathematics and other things people *need* according to occupation but it<<








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