16.3.04

JONES FEELS THAT 2+2=5.
But here's the kicker: when I tried to actually teach the correct definition of a square, students refused to listen, because they acted like it was just my opinion.
(Reform K-12, via Joanne Jacobs.)

Obviously. Notions of squareness are historically contingent and culturally constructed. Ninety degrees at the vertices and at the intersection of the principal diagonals? A restrictive conception, possibly at one time useful, but, hey, this is the twenty-first century.

(That the largest returns to schooling are in fields that require technical training, meaning a grasp of algebra, geometry and logic, just doesn't matter to some people.)

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