Sunday, July 18, 2021

I remember when we learned math to get ahead in life

To be honest, I hated math.  It was my least favorite subject in school, and I took the required courses to graduate.  During one frustrating bout with my math homework, my teacher gave me a motherly look and said: "I know you hate this, but someday you'll have to balance a checkbook and appreciate it."

Well, my ninth-grade teacher was right.  I did need math to keep my checkbook in line.  It also came in very handy when I was calculating baseball averages.

So I told my sons to shut up and do their math because it was important.

Over in California, the teaching of math has taken an interesting turn.  This is the story:

The California Board of Education will not implement its newly proposed mathematics curriculum after critics argued its racial equality components would "de-mathematize math."

The Mathematics Curriculum Framework is expected to be postponed for 10 months, until May 2022, after a board meeting vote on Wednesday.

"California is on the verge of politicizing K-12 math in a potentially disastrous way. This postponement means the State Board of Education has heard the message loud and clear. STEM leaders don't want California students left behind by introducing politics into the math curriculum," said Dr. Williamson M. Evers, a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, in a statement following an open letter he pinned to California's education and political leaders.

California students left behind?  Liberals using math in a potentially disastrous way?

Thank God that someone in California understands that math is the last place in the school curriculum to live out your CRT fantasies.  We need young people who can compete in an international marketplace where math is math not something else.

Cheers for Dr. Evers!  I'm glad there are sane people still living in the Golden State.

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Happy # 81 to Joe Torre, a great player and later manager

Atlanta Braves Franchise best catchers: Number four Joe Torre
Many years ago, I had a Joe Torre baseball card.   I had no idea that he'd go on to become a great major league manager, too.

Joe was born on this day in Brooklyn in 1940 and made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves in 1960.   

By 1964, he was an NL star hitting .321 with 20 HR & 109 RBI.    

The Braves traded Torre to St Louis after the 1968 season.   My guess is that they regretted that move for years.

In 1971, Torre hit .363 with 230 hits & 137 RBI.    It was one of the best offensive years of the post-war era.    It earned him an MVP and batting title.    In 6 years with St Louis, Torre hit .308 with 558 RBI.    He was one of the best hitters in the NL.

Torre started out as a catcher in Milwaukee but played most of his career between first and third base.

As a hitter, he retired with a .297 BA, 252 HR, 2,343 hits & 1,185 RBI.

As a manager, he won 2,326 games, 4 World Series titles and 84 post season games.

Joe was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

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