Drexel dragonThe Math ForumDonate to the Math Forum



Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by Drexel University or The Math Forum.


Math Forum » Discussions » Education » math-teach

Topic: re: why study mathematics
Replies: 1   Last Post: Dec 14, 1995 9:57 PM

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List Jump to Tree View Jump to Tree View   Messages: [ Previous | Next ]
by way of Eric Sasson

Posts: 28
Registered: 12/4/04
re: why study mathematics
Posted: Dec 14, 1995 1:19 PM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

"An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent
philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because
plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy
because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good
philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." John
Gardner

I keep a yellowed copy of this quotation within easy view of my desk. It
brings me back to reality of our responsibility to offer every student the
opportunity to achieve excellence in whatever endeavor *the student*
chooses to pursue at whatever stage of her/his life.

Have a good holiday break - hope to see you in San Diego.

* Date: 12/13/95 4:07 PM
* From: Robert Jamison
* Reply to: RE>Why Study Mathematics?
*
* There are two types of errors in education, just as in hypothesis testing.
* In one we raise standards so high that only a few can attain them. In the
* other, we push standards so low that, altho easy to attain, they are
* meaningless. American education has committed itself to the second error
* with grim determination. If Meiklejohn is right, and I believe he is, then
* he has clearly pointed out the deadly flaw in the American educational
system.
* The great mass of people never were, and never will be interested, in
* "cultivation". Nor should they be. There is a role for both the skilled
* worker and the refined thinker in society. Both deserve respect and both
* deserve adequate training. Our present system provides neither.
* Robert Jamison

Dick


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
reply to: Richard Pilgrim
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive 0423
La Jolla, CA 92093-0423
Internet: rpilgrim@ucsd.edu Office: (619) 534-3298 Fax: (619) 534-1011
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -







Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© Drexel University 1994-2014. All Rights Reserved.
The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education.