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From: Keith R. Williams
Subject: Re: Decimial has set progress back -> Help spread the use of Hex!
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 23:17:37 -0500
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> On 7 Jan 2003 02:22:36 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (James Llort)
> >Hello Everyone,
> >Why don't people use hex in everyday math? Logically it makes more
> So did the New Math of the 70s that they tried to force into the
> schools system as the cure for the lack of math skills in schools.
Err, it was the *early* 60s. ...done that. It worked. New math
was a success. Though they gave it up about the same time they
gave up phonics. Our schools are doing *so* well now.
Sheesh, when I was in high school ('68) the argument was whether
high school students could learn to program computers. At the
time "Computer Science" was in the graduate college. I guess
your answer is "no", it's impossible.
> After a decade's effort the educational authorities had to admit that
> children and therefore people were born wired to think decimal and
> that traditional methods work best.
Horse-hockey! I was taught to do arithmetic in bases from 2 to
32 (characters above got in the way of the program) in
fifth/sixth grade. The idea was to show that there was nothing
special about base-10 and that numbers were merely
representations of thought. I see nothing wrong with this. Many
parents did. My father had no clue about this "newfangled"
stuff, but knew it was a goodness. He was an EE Prof., though
taught power systems/motors/transformers.
> Traditional methods evolved through long experience, not theory.
Horse-hockey. Just because stupid parents can't grasp advanced
concepts isn't a reason not to teach them. Of course we now
teach nothing, so you dullards have apparently won the argument.
> The Darwin principle must have
> worked because it is still around despite many efforts including your
> HEX system to improve things math.
Sure. Keep thinking that.
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