[Edu-sig] Now I went and did it
Sun, 8 Oct 2000 16:29:26 -0500
Jason wrote -
>Yes I'd love to.. my idea for GeoLogo or PyTurtle as Kirby suggested....
PyGeo is plain old geometry - though not plain old plane geometry. I've
already fought this battle with Kirby. I believe geometry education should
the historical development - for many reasons. Among them - the best sense I
have of the history of civilization is through some understanding of a history
of geometry's development. I would go further and say that in many ways that is
precisely the importance of geometry study - and the same was true in
Euclid's time. Euclid was a summing up, and a history lesson in its time - the
way I look at it .
It was interesting to me that Stephen Figgins' take on Kirby's curriculum in
some way re-iterated my own. Its elementary programming, elementary math, and
advanced geometry. Doesn't seem advanced to Kirby because he understands it.
But I am convinced he is starting in the middle of the geometry story, and
folks, especially young folks, have no way to follow him there. Its almost as
if he is asking to be taken on faith. I think it is holding back acceptance of
his curriculum - but again I've told him that already.
The one significant place I continue to not be onboard with Kirby. He seems to
live gracefully with that, and so can I.
>If people in some necks of some woods don't believe a change is gonna come,
>in others such as Asia, and in Korea for certain, they are wasting not a
>single moment to take advantage.
As it happens I spent some time last fall working in Beirut (little scary for a
nice Jewish boy) with a large private educational institution - more on
on curriculum matters (the endowment is controlled in the US) . But did get
to talk with the folks doing technology in the classroom stuff, and I can
assure they are
ahead of what I've seen here. Using Geometer's SkecthPad, for example , as a
matter of course.
>Please, I would also like to see your Java examples.
I'll send you JavaGeo with some demos under seperate cover.