Ken McCaffrey

‘Likening the study of algebra to reading about the Tulsa Race Massacre is unacceptable’

Dan DeWalt reveals that not only does he not like algebra but, in fact, many others also do not.

As part of a commendable commentary outlining the shortcomings of our standard history textbooks in accurately presenting all sides in several situations he opines that “No one would expect white Americans to enjoy reading [the corrected version],” which includes what America really did to the Cubans during the Spanish-American War; that Custer, before his last stand, wiped out a peaceful encampment of men, women, and children; and the Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma in which the white population participated in murdering up to 300 Black folks while burning much of the city to the ground.

Mr. DeWalt justifies including this reading despite the lack of enjoyment: “[...] but not that many people expect to enjoy algebra.”

Having taught, before retiring, mathematics for over 46 years I can assure my readers that many students do enjoy mathematics. I need not add that some do not; Mr. DeWalt has verified that for us.

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By whose authority do we judge others’ behavior?

I am not a criminal, nor are any of my fellow citizens, however they may or may not react to the treatment of asylum seekers at our southern border by federal agents. Dan DeWalt would have us think otherwise. Mr. DeWalt aptly draws attention to certain horrific policies and...

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee facilitates communication with Brattleboro Police Dept.

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A voice for wind energy

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