Weekly Math Updates
$25 for Immortality. See below.
January 24, 2007
Fantastic Legislation - YOU NEED TO CONTACT YOUR OFFICIALS AND SUPPORT THIS BILL H.B. 144
This last week in the legislature has proved fruitful with a couple of bills coming forth that could really make a huge impact in Utah. The first bill is one sponsored by Kenneth Sumsion from Lehi. This bill will require that every 2 years after a school district superintendent is appointed to that position, his or her name will appear on the general ballot for a retention vote. This will finally turn the attention of superintendents to the entire district instead of just catering to a few board members to keep their support. Here's the bill itself:
There are also some unlisted bills (don't have the actual text posted yet) being run by Steve Urquhart concerning school vouchers, and several bills by Howard Stephenson related to charter schools and education issues. I'll report on those as they become available, but please, please, please, contact everyone you know to support HB 144.
This next piece is a must see for the visual comparison of Investigations and Everyday Math to traditional algorithms. It's produced by a TV news meteorologist in Washington state who has joined the fight they're waging for better standards and curricula there. Please watch and forward this one to everyone you know.
Anyone who missed the opinion piece by state school board president Kim Burningham, missed a great reason to get ill. His view piece was called, "vouchers would hurt schools". To be sure, vouchers are a contentious issue and even as one who has opposed them in the past, I only endorse them now due to the level of power school districts and educrats have over our lives. Todd Whitaker sent me his excellent rebuttal this week and he's agreed to let me publish it here.
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,650221621,00.html (original piece)
Bizarre Atomic Factoid
OK, I haven't done the math to prove this :) , but I heard a scientist from BYU mention today that there is so much distance between electrons and neutrons in atoms, that if you took all the people in the world and collapsed their atoms so that the electrons and neutrons touched, you could fit everyone's atoms in a small cup.
Sort of makes me feel a little less significant than I did yesterday...
In God We Trust Donations
OK, so immortality is free and that headline was obviously a marketing ploy. I am desperate and needed your attention. :) But seriously, what greater legacy can we give our children that will last forever?
I am very grateful for those of you that have contributed to the poster project. We have over $600 collected and need less than $900 to put these posters up in every single classroom of the district. Bob Bonham is working on the design so you know it's going to look good. Please contribute just a few dollars. $25 will pay for all the posters for one school in the district but even $5-10 will help us reach the goal. This email goes to hundreds of you that have benefited by the actions of a few, and we have all been the beneficiary of the actions of a few faithful founders that sacrificed all they had to give us our freedom. Please, don't make me buy a fraction of the posters and have to decide where to put them. Let's purchase all of them and fill the district with our national motto and a reminder that all blessings flow from God.
Science hopes to change events that have already occurred
Weapons of Math Destruction by Oak Norton
Does Playing the Piano Make You Smarter?
"Taking piano lessons and solving math puzzles on a computer significantly improves specific math skills of elementary school children, according to a study by UC Irvine researchers."
Till next week,
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