- How important is mathematics and quantitative reasoning
to the functioning of democratic society?
a) extremely important
b) somewhat important
c) somewhat unimportant
d) extremely unimportant
- How important do you think mathematics is in a general education (elementary school thru college)?
a) I think it should be removed entirely
b) I think there should be a reduced emphasis on it
c) I think it should remain as a fundamental part of general education, but it needs educational changes
d) I think that it should stay exactly the the way it is
- Should Appalachian reduce the quantitative literacy credit
requirements from 4 hours to 3 hours?
a) Yes but I think it should be removed entirely
b) Yes I think there should be a reduced emphasis on it
c) No, I think it should remain as is, as a fundamental part of general education
d) No, and in fact I think that more hours should be devoted to quantitative literacy at Appalachian
- Which did you find most compelling from among the following from Liz Coleman's TED talk?
a) a general education should work to
combat that idea the "expert" as the only one capable of
coming up with answers (despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary)
for the viability of democracy.
b) quantitative reasoning is
at the heart of managing change where measurement
is crucial as is a capacity to discriminate systematically between
what is at the core and what is at the periphery
c) we need to make sure we focus on
structures designed to connect, like
mutually dependent circles rather than isolating triangles
d) more than one of the above
- Liz Coleman mentioned other connections to our class.
What did you find most compelling from among the following?
a) the importance of coming to grips with values like... truth
b) questions such as,
"What kind of a world are we making? What kind of a world should we be
making? What kind of a world can we be making?"
c) the actual as well as
the intended consequences of ideas
d) flexibilities of mind, and multiplicity of perspectives
- What best describes what you think about the following quotation?
Being overwhelmed is the first step if you are serious about trying to get at things that really matter, on a scale that makes a difference. So what do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Well, you have two things. You have a mind. And you have other people. Start with those, and change the world.
a) I think this is a good way to make global changes
b) I don't think this is a good way to make global changes, but I
don't have a better idea
c) I have better ideas to make global changes
d) It makes me feel hopeful
e) I mostly feel overwhelmed about trying to make big changes