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Something is rotten in the state of education

Jim Pennington sent the following letter


Let me start out by saying that I agree with the basic premise behind your math rant: something is rotten in the state of education. People with high school diplomas are undereducated and barely fit to man the french-fryer.

However, I'm trying to figure out how not teaching geometry is part of the answer. Perhaps you've had only one opportunity to use geometry in your life, but there are a number of occupations in which it's a must. Myself, I'm pleased that my house was designed and built by people who were capable of calculating the correct rise of a roof for proper drainage, or the number of cubic feet of concrete needed for a strong foundation.

Jim Pennington

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