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What Should We Teach Our Kids about Various Handicapping Conditions?

When I was finishing high school, I took the State of Oregon vocational test. I remember doing quite poorly on the spatial reasoning and manual dexterity parts of the test. I recall that I received a report that suggested I should not plan to take more advanced math courses due to my spatial reasoning level of performance on these tests.

It is interesting to note that I had little trouble in completing a doctorate in math. However, throughout my life I have had considerable trouble finding my way around cities I visit and buildings I enter. In addition, I certainly am “klutzy” when it comes to manual dexterity.

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Some Thoughts about Why I Am a Slow Reader

I am a slow reader because I spend too much time and effort thinking about what I am reading.

Today I did some reading and thinking about creativity. It was a pleasure to find that several of the authors seem to see at least some of the world as I see it.

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Large Study Shows Females are Equal to Males in Math Skills

One of the signs of improvement in our educational system is that girls are now allowed and encouraged to do as well as boys in math. Back when I was growing up, girls were discouraged from taking advanced math courses in high school and from being math or science majors.

I recently read the following article:

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Think Globally, Act Locally

The title of this IAE Blog entry is a widely used phrase that can be traced back to the late 1960s or early 1970s and has an environmental focus. An alternate title for this IAE Blog entry is, “Consider both the big picture and the small picture when making decisions and taking actions.”

We are all born egocentric. Through a combination of nature and nurture, we become more sociocentric. Most children eventually learn that they are not the center of the universe. They learn to take other people and the longer term view into consideration as they make decisions and take actions.

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Apprenticeship, Certification, License, Degree, Portfolio, and Resume: Communicating One’s Professional Qualifications to Others

I have a doctorate in mathematics, with a specialization in certain theoretical aspects of numerical analysis. At its roots, numerical analysis focuses on computationally intensive methods of solving a variety of math problems.

For example, computers are routinely used for long-range weather forecasting. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_weather_prediction.)  Researchers have developed a variety of theoretical models they use in weather forecasting. Instruments located throughout the world gather data about weather conditions at a particular time. The challenge is then to solve a system of many thousands of equations in many thousands of unknowns. This needs to be done in a timely fashion so that a forecast can be made early enough to be of use to people.

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