Monthly Archives: May 2009

Why it helps to know history

A Pennsylvania newspaper ran a classified ad calling for the assassination of President Barack Obama, reports AP. The ad read, “May Obama follow in the steps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy!” The four presidents were all assassinated. The newspaper’s advertising staff didn’t make the historical connection, said Warren Times Observer Publisher John Elchert, who’s … Continue reading

Sotomayor: Catholic school girl

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor went to Catholic schools as a girl in New York City, reports the New York Times. Her father died when she was 9; her mother worked as a nurse to support her daughter and son, who became a physician. In speeches to Latino groups over the years, Judge Sotomayor has … Continue reading

In defense of Everyday Mathematics

The Case for Everyday Mathematics is made by Andy Isaacs of the University of Chicago Mathematics Project in response to Barry Garelick’s critique. Isaacs writes: The highly efficient paper-and-pencil algorithms that have been traditional in the U.S. may no longer be the best algorithms for children in today’s technologically demanding world. Today’s elementary school children … Continue reading