Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Big Apple

That's a metaphor for New York City, as most people know. Tara and I have locked in some plane reservations, as she's never seen this gleaming jewel of the Empire State.

In preparation for said itinerary, I've been going over some internal Fuller School business with one of New York's more skillful financial analysts. We diverge wildly in our approach to investments, but that doesn't keep me from noticing his talent. I've also been in touch with my former Quaker boss, a champion of Quality in the health care sector.

Big on the agenda: another visit with Kenneth Snelson, the internationally recognized native Oregonian artist, and one of the very few with the courage to tackle Bucky openly (most preferred the relative safety and anonymity of the snide aside, often just whispered -- or waited until he died to get loud).

Tara knows him from our own Barrel Tower, although she at one time confused him with Sam Lanahan (not surprisingly, as "flextegrity" and "tensegrity" do sound somewhat similar). She may not remember that was Snelson's work we came across in Chattanooga that time.

Speaking of business, what I was blathering to Arthur about is the sorry/sad situation with mass published mathematics textbooks for the K-12 market. None of them have any A & B modules, meaning Gnu Math teachers can't really use them.

But that's OK.

We're against felling any more forests in the name of childrens' math education anyway -- gives our self-discipline a bad name. Plus the "golden oldies" (aka "the classics") are always worth a recycle, for whatever content they do include (spherical geometry anyone?).