June 29, 2005
Education is more exciting than I realized
Even though I know nothing about education (and even less about a field of study called "Education"), I was frightened enough reading about the teaching of "Education" to write a post about it. That post (and many other, far-better-informed ones) now appears in this week's Carnival of Education.
I never thought I'd be so interested in something so "non-political" as education, but my morbid fear and loathing of politics is heightened every time I see politics reach out and destroy another important thing in our lives which should not be political.
Here are a few examples from the Carnival:
(The easiest way to solve the problem might be to simply prohibit anyone with a degree in "education" from teaching anything but, well, "education.")
I had no idea how bad things were.
we are now seeing the rise of "ethnomathematics":....could you image teaching one student only how to use quarter notes and another only whole notes because of their cultural background. That is insane of the face of it, and so is this "ethnomathematics." It would be like teaching pink kids that a chair is called table, brown kids should call it aardvark and yellow kids should call it kumquat.
The Carnival of Education makes me glad we still have the First Amendment.
Thank God for the Carnival! Until today, I never knew that mathematics could be made political, but the above post aroused my curiosity, and I found this:
By showing that math is not just the product of white-male thinking, a number of professors hope to make math more agreeable to nonwhite students and to women.I don't see what such nonsense has to do with dignity.
Will it "restore the dignity" of my dead white illiterate ancestors?
No. I much prefer thinking forward to backward thinking.
Read the rest.
posted by Eric on 06.29.05 at 10:51 AM
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