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Defending Mathematics   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started Dec-20 by WALTER784; 445 views.
WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Dec-20

Defending Mathematics

Kerby Anderson
 
December 16, 2021
 
University professors in the humanities and social sciences have been publishing open letters for years, but the latest one comes from some of the top scientists in the country warning about the assault on math in our schools. In previous commentaries, I have talked about woke math and woke science. It is sometimes easy to dismiss such bizarre statements by leftist critics. But this letter focuses on recent attempts to “eliminate standardized testing and lower standards in math to give the appearance that achievement gaps don’t exist.”
 
Their focus is on the California Department of Education’s math framework that encourages math teachers to take a “justice-oriented perspective.” They are concerned that such programs will reduce the “availability of advanced mathematical courses to middle schoolers and beginning high schoolers” and thus discourage students from taking calculus.
 
The signers are from some of the top universities and are likely left of center politically. But they are deeply concerned about trendy and shallow courses instead of the necessary focus on foundational mathematical skills.
 
The lowering or even the elimination of mathematical standards would certainly damage America’s global competitiveness. They remind us that the mathematical courses and disciplines are centuries old and “arguably even more critical for today’s challenges than in the Sputnik era.”
 
America cannot afford to dumb-down education in important fields like civics and history. But our technological future would be devastated by a generation of future scientists and engineers who know little about the mathematical tools necessary for technological progress and innovation. Let’s hope educators are listening.

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WALTER784 said:

The lowering or even the elimination of mathematical standards would certainly damage America’s global competitiveness. They remind us that the mathematical courses and disciplines are centuries old and “arguably even more critical for today’s challenges than in the Sputnik era.”

America cannot afford to dumb-down education in important fields like civics and history. But our technological future would be devastated by a generation of future scientists and engineers who know little about the mathematical tools necessary for technological progress and innovation. Let’s hope educators are listening.

Bingo!

if future Americans know little about the mathematical tools necessary for technological progress and innovation, then our Chinese overlords will be more than happy to swoop in and fill that void, while plenty of Indian scientists and engineers will be happy to take the good paying jobs, and Americans will be relegated to manual labor and a lifetime of bare subsistence poverty. And our overlords will help perpetuate the ignorance and superstition and dependency, so none of the serfs can possibly challenge the power structure.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Dec-29

Yep... and one more interesting thing I heard the other day that I thought interesting was:

Social and economical access and opportunity start with education.

And our schools are failing miserably at these too.

By dumbing the kids down, they limit those kids social and economical access and opportunities once they graduate.

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WALTER784 said:

Social and economical access and opportunity start with education. And our schools are failing miserably at these too. By dumbing the kids down, they limit those kids social and economical access and opportunities once they graduate.

Because kids who have no real social and economic access and opportunities are far more easily controlled, and thus also stop that pesky upward mobility that can challenge the luxurious power structure of the ruling elites.

They need a permanent underclass of serfdom that can be exploited to primarily support the elites in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Dec-31

$1,661.87 in cats (ROCKETMAN_S) said...

Because kids who have no real social and economic access and opportunities are far more easily controlled, and thus also stop that pesky upward mobility that can challenge the luxurious power structure of the ruling elites.

They need a permanent underclass of serfdom that can be exploited to primarily support the elites in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.

That's very aristocratic of them! And everything that's wrong with our society today. They keep pushing us closer and closer to socialism.

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WALTER784 said:

That's very aristocratic of them! And everything that's wrong with our society today. They keep pushing us closer and closer to socialism.

We've been going down that road slowly for decades, but in the past few years they've stomped the gas pedal to the floor and lit a JATO mounted in the back to really get down that highway to hell really fast.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_to_Serfdom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEPmA3USJdI

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Jan-1

On the Road to Serfdom, yes... we're practically at the front door he mentioned right now:

>>>In the book, Hayek "[warns] of the danger of tyranny that inevitably results from government control of economic decision-making through central planning."[8] He further argues that the abandonment of individualism and classical liberalism inevitably leads to a loss of freedom, the creation of an oppressive society, the tyranny of a dictator, and the serfdom of the individual.<<<

As for AC-DC... LOL... I remember that song ages ago, but boy is it so appropriate today!

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Showtalk
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From: Showtalk

Jan-8

The irony is that children can be allowed to use calculators to do math, so there is no excuse to not have higher standards. 

Indeed. We have technical sector jobs that go unfilled because we have too few AMericans educated well enough to do those jobs.

Worse, lack of education is one thing that helps misinformation / disinformation / propaganda to spread - although I have encountered people with "more degrees than a thermometer" who fall for propaganda and disinformation frequently. Picture a PhD who sends someone $30k to get their share of a $26 million oil contract overage that a former Nigerian oil minister needs to move out of the country.

So while education doesn't really totally immunize someone from pseudoscience and propaganda, it can help. Of course Gwynth Paltlow hasn't gone broke selling her tuna fish oil candles purporting to smell like a female anatomical part, and of course all the other sca m / fraudulent "goop": stuff.

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk

Jan-16

Unless education is also full of propaganda.

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