Re: Re: More /.{I->-1} craziness. Schools are conservative.

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg106734] Re: [mg106683] Re: More /.{I->-1} craziness. Schools are conservative.*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 05:37:50 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst*References*: <200912300915.EAA17299@smc.vnet.net> <hhhmn8$o9t$1@smc.vnet.net> <hhpl28$9lf$1@smc.vnet.net> <hip8gf$t4d$1@smc.vnet.net> <8304354.1263643340634.JavaMail.root@n11> <hiuur1$919$1@smc.vnet.net> <hj12vo$bbu$1@smc.vnet.net> <2086370.1263898083144.JavaMail.root@n11> <hj6qel$8qg$1@smc.vnet.net> <201001210951.EAA16210@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu

"Too old to learn a new program": I don't think it's especially age-related. One of the early innovators at teaching math through Mathematica has said, "There are as many young fogies as old fogies." You allude to the pragmatic constraint, "Do I have time to rethink how I teach and what I teach, and to create or adopt new materials or learn how to teach in different ways." But perhaps more essentially there's the thinking, "That's the way I learned it, and I turned out OK, so that has to be the right way to teach it." On 1/21/2010 4:51 AM, Richard Fateman wrote: > David Park wrote: >> ... [A] and [B] look for flaws in Mathematica... >> but what about flaws in present practices? > > The problems of adoption of software as you advocate are NOT especially > dependent on the problems or flaws that we point out. Indeed, most > people who fail to adopt this software are not even aware of these > flaws, but simply say the programs are too expensive and would require > additional time to learn or teach, or would take extra time in courses > to teach, and would require extra people, and how about the cost of > computer labs, and anyway I'm too old to learn a new program, etc. -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305

**References**:**Re: More /.{I->-1} craziness. Schools are conservative. So are [people]***From:*Richard Fateman <fateman@cs.berkeley.edu>