Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Math geeks think they're special

Some math professors from England were running a free summer school program in mathematics in the hills of Turkey. For some reason they ran afoul of the local political types and got shut down because of some zoning violation. Then they tried teaching in tents, and that got shut down. It's hard to tell for sure but it looks like the math teachers got a little defiant with the local mayor. That's almost never a good idea.

The school shut down and the head guy is charged with a criminal violation of running an unlicensed school. They've recently reopened but the guy is still facing charges.

Math blogs all over are up in arms about this government attack on the teaching of mathematics.

I guess they think teaching math is special. Governments all over regulate all sorts of commercial activity (and teaching is a commercial activity even if you're doing it for free). A guy in Jackson MS was recently arrested for being an unlicensed auto mechanic. Where's the petition for that guy?

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