Saturday, February 3, 2007

Prapare To Be Canfeused

I haven't read this. I wouldn't dare. Normally I agree that books shouldn't be judged by their covers, but just looking at those beads for five seconds made me forget long division.

  • Classroom Realities Inspire A Vision
  • Developing Rapport
  • One, Two, Three, Many: Rediscovering Stone Age Computation
  • Creating a Milieu of Understanding and Acceptance of Self and Others
  • The Algebra Of A Collective Framework Of Learning
  • Cannibals Also Count
  • The Non-Hamiltonian Graph Of Privilege
  • Commitment to the Vision
  • Unity Divides All: Reaching Out Together For The Lowest Common Denominator
  • Reinforcing the Rationale for Math Competency
  • In My Culture Pi Equals Three
  • Lesson Implementation to Reinforce Acceptance of Self and Others, Teamwork, Problem-solving, and Critical Thinking
  • Suspension Bridge "Disasters": Maintaining Self-Esteem Under Threat Of Criminal Prosecution For Professional Negligence
  • Making Change, Or Making A Change Agent?
  • Maybe Your Seventy-One Doesn't Feel Like My Seventy-One: Finding Common Ground

    Libby van dyke said...

    There's an article by Claudia Zaslavsky on line:

    Here's the introduction:
    Women were the first mathematicians ever! So claims Dena Taylor in an article entitled "The Power of Menstruation" (Mothering, Winter 1991).

    'The cyclical nature of menstruation has played a major role in the development of counting, mathematics, and the measuring of time... Lunar markings found on prehistoric bone fragments show how early women marked their cycles and thus began to mark time. Women were possibly "the first observers of the basic periodicity of nature, the periodicity upon which all later scientific observations were made"' (quote is from William Irwin Thompson: The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light, St. Martin's Press, 1981, page 97).

    Little Big Man said...

    Oh for god's sake. I don't know which is more stupid. The math text, or the menstruation book. Look, I appreciate that there are few records about many things probably invented by women. But this menstruation thingy is just plain desperate, and it is plainly wrong that menstruation made women the first observers of "basic periodicity of nature".

    You'd think that this twit had never heard that pre-pubescent children can jump into a moving skipping rope without getting hit by the rope...a thing that requires them to observe "periodicity". Okay, okay "in nature"? Fine. Heard of this thing called "walking" (infants are part of nature)? Not twigs 'n berries enough for ya? Okay, how about sleeping during the night, and waking during the day? Or is that something that only happens after a woman has her first period?

    I cannot believe that people pay such mediocrities to write books.

    Mike said...

    LBM, you've got rhythm.

    Little Big Man said...

    That's cause I've gotten the blues.