30 July 2012

The Comic Genius of Our Age?


Forward-Slash_S said...

Maybe so Timman. Not sure who that is but I would think that he is probably just among a guild of comic reliefs like Sebelius, Pelosi, and Geithner ... another one that emerged recently is Professor Emeritus Hacker, professor of political science at Queens College, City University of New York, who questions the value and necessity of students being taught Algebra in schools.

Not to hijack your post ... but ... does anyone else find it over the top that this would even be considered? The same non-argument could apply to history, or literature, or science. Even though students may not employ algebraic formulations in their eventual professions, concepts from it are rooted in the minds of those who learn it. Mathematics helps form and exercise the brain in further cognitive skills that are applied throughout life. Finally, imo, successful education at any level involves three points of a triangle: A student willing to learn, a parent willing to be involved in their child's education and formation, and an educator adept in imparting the knowledge and skills to the student, working in unison with the parent and the student. Of course a completely well-formed education will involve historic Catholic principles at every level.

No wonder this country is near the bottom of well-formed and well educated kids compared with the rest of the world, but perhaps that is another building block of a budding welfare state.


Anonymous said...

I don't know who this is. Al Franken? His recently-deceased comedy partner, Tom Davis? Cornell West?

RAM said...

Well, I think he's fabulous. Every value I've ever held is being questioned, and I'm loving it. :D

thetimman said...