Math and Its Problems
Sugar and Plumm (Purveyors of Yumm!), a chocolatier on the Upper West Side, has created a 3-foot tall candy egg for Easter. It is made out of S&P’s s iganture dark, milk and white chocolates, weighs 20 pounds, and still manages to look pretty unappetizing. All that, and for the low, low price of one thousand dollars??! SOLD!
(No, not sold.) Here’s what we’d actually like spend our imaginary money on.
In The New York Times opinion section on Sunday, CUNY professor Andrew Hacker asked readers a question: Is Algebra Necessary? Mr. Hacker eventually reasoned the answer was no. Hundreds of his readers across the country screamed back, “Yes!”
These opinion articles are predisposed to garner strong reactions. Close to 100 readers might comment on an opinion piece on a controversial topic such as American involvement in the Middle East. Mr. Hacker’s article drove 474 commentators to their computers before The Times stopped accepting the respondents.
They weren’t to be halted; they then turned to the open platform of the web.
New Yorkers have become accustomed to good news from the city’s public schools in recent years. Now, however, there is concern that some of the warm-and-fuzzy headlines about improving test scores and graduation rates were based on some dubious math.
A suspiciously high number of students have received the minimum passing grade on the state’s Read More