JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2008/05/quote-of-week_30.html (5 comments)

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jsid-1212451079-592556  MFH0 at Mon, 02 Jun 2008 23:57:59 +0000

Hrm... that's odd. My experience in public education, college, and university was that every mathematics book I ever encountered, regardless of the complexity of the subject, was woefully badly written and relied ENTIRELY on proofs. Physics textbooks were absolutely useless, since they made conclusions and derived formula from the very rules they were trying to infer.

jsid-1212842505-592705  Barry Garelick at Sat, 07 Jun 2008 12:41:45 +0000

While inadequate math books have always been present, they could be repaired, filled in, by a good
teacher, even by the student himself if he was willing to think. But there is now a slew of ignorant books-- some of which have been developed through funding from NSF--which force ignorance, on the teacher and student alike.

jsid-1212852067-592712  Kevin Baker at Sat, 07 Jun 2008 15:21:07 +0000

Not the Barry Garelick?

jsid-1212869401-592725  Barry Garelick at Sat, 07 Jun 2008 20:10:01 +0000

Yep; it's me.

jsid-1212878244-592729  Kevin Baker at Sat, 07 Jun 2008 22:37:24 +0000

Welcome to my corner of the web!

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