----- Original message follows ----- Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from tron.rs.itd.umich.edu by tron.rs.itd.umich.edu (8.6.9/2.2) id CAA22517; Thu, 1 Jun 1995 02:52:31 -0400 Date: Thu, 1 Jun 1995 02:52:30 -0400 (EDT) From: Michael Paul Goldenberg <email@example.com> X-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org To: DoctorCHEK@aol.com cc: email@example.com, DoctorCHEK@aol.com, COVbECKERS@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.Hawaii.Edu, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: relax gary In-Reply-To: <email@example.com> Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.950601023829.20832Afirstname.lastname@example.org> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII
I'm probably in the minority in my belief that the strong feelings being bandied about in these posts recently make perfect sense. In what is no doubt a fruitless attempt to short-circuit the usual criticism towards posters whose feelings run high, I say: let it all hang out.
It should be clear that some folks here have VERY strong feelings about the Standards, both pro and con. Personally, I think it's healthier to put our cards on the table than to express false politeness (of course, I've no objection to sincere politeness). Thus, while I find the opinions of some posters difficult to fathom, I prefer that they let the sarcasm roll, if that's what it takes for them to make clear what they believe.
I think Dan's cracks about political correctness, etc., and Gary's last post about Harv Becker's misattribution (not to mention the response it prompted) suggest that folks are taking their math ed issues pretty seriously, which is precisely how it should be.
If I have one word of caution, it is against the tendency some of us exhibit towards what seems to me to be a wee bit of paranoia: it would seem that folks on many points of the political spectrum see conspiracy hiding under every rock. I find left-wing and right-wing paranoia equally silly. I think we'd get further looking at specific examples of what's going on in real schools with real kids than we will by making gross generalizations about what "the enemy" is up to.