Thursday, March 2, 2006

A Modest Proposal

A piece talking about high school algebra was recently published by the Washington Post. It's a decent satire I think. And it's gotten a rise out of people who take it seriously. The Scientific American blog responds with facts and studies for example. I think someone should write an equally humorous piece about the uselessness of English writing classes, but alas I'm not in the mood.

Come on! A writer who doesn't even know the meaning of the word "reasoning"? Even with access to computers and dictionaries? The example of algebra's uselessness being a simple problem of exactly the sort any manager might need. An argument that is sui generis and utterly devoid of reasoning skills? At the same time he suggests writing is the ultimate form of reasoning?

It has to be a satire!