How's that for an interesting title?
Edward had his second practice for the Michigan All-Star Math Team on Saturday. This practice took place at Calvin College which was nice considering the other 3 are over near Detroit. John offered our services to the math department at Calvin for hospitality or whatever we could do.
It was fun! The math department moved in to a brand new building since I had been there, and had recently been re-painted and re-carpeted in some very handsome shades of blue. I was excited to talk to a couple of the math professors about different topics including my experiences since graduating, and also Ed's future college education. A few of the other students showed up from the Detroit area for the practice (6 out of 30-something). John & I decided we better go out looking for stray students.
John went off looking, and I talked to one of the fathers who came originally from China. He told me that what is wrong with American education and society and why they are falling behind in math & science is that they do not get hardship. I think he meant that they do not work hard. Meanwhile, John didn't find anyone. As we were leaving, he stopped an Asian family and asked them if they were looking for the math practice. The answer was no, and John told me this was the third group of people he stopped based solely on their race. The fact is that only 3 or 4 on the team are Caucasian and the rest are Asian. We might be renaming our son Chen, so stay tuned. JK.