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Marc Vidulich

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re: why study mathematics
Posted: Dec 16, 1995 5:38 PM
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>"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
>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.

THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! As long as the society (or any in it) does
NOT exclude certain peoples from any endeavors.

I do think, though, that parents need to "help" their children with some of
these choices until the parents feel the child can and should make the
decisions on their own.

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