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The Liberating Arts: Math’s place in the liberal arts

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Maybe you’ve wondered why the people in charge of schools are so insistent that you learn mathematics. Here at MC, a liberal arts college, we typically require students take at least a couple of math classes. Why are mathematics part of the liberal arts? There are good reasons. Historically they made up an important segment of the classical liberal arts, which included the study of arithmetic, geometry and logic. Certainly in modern times, mathematics plays an important role in free citizens taking an active part in civic life, from managing personal finances, to reading reports on scientific studies in the paper, to doubling a batch of pancake batter. (Every good citizen should know how to make pancakes.) And the need for math in our everyday lives only appears to be growing, as more and more data about us is...

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Trump’s anti-media bias and the truth behind “fake news”

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

President Trump has generally had an antagonistic relationship with the media since the beginning of his campaign for the presidency. However, on Feb. 17, in a tweet, he officially declared war on the American press. “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!” The media is not a monolith. It is made up of reporters, editors, photographers, producers, managers and numerous other positions. These are human beings just like you and me and are bound to make mistakes on occasion. This does not, however, mean that the stories the mainstream media report on are fake. They may be, and generally are, biased, but to say that they are objectively untrue is false. They may be subjectively untrue, we may not wish to believe...

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MC senior steps into the world of student teaching and embraces every moment

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Each day is a new adventure. Each day is a new obstacle. Each child is precious. Each kid deserves the chance to succeed. As a future teacher, I had no idea just how true each of these statements would turn out to be.  I believed in each and every one of them, but the reality does not always sink in until it’s staring you in the face. Since entering Maryville College, I knew that I wanted to teach. I knew that teaching was something that I needed to do for me, but I had to admit it to myself first. I knew that I fully believe in the future of all children and the effort that they put in. I knew that each child has the capability to become whatever it is that he or she wants to be,...

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This much I know is true: High and lifted up

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My grandma came and visited my family one Easter weekend in elementary school. She flew all the way from Chicago, and even though we were devout sabbath observing Adventists, we spent all week including the previous Friday and Saturday making the house beautiful for my beautiful grandmother. Meeting her at the airport, we waited to see her come out of baggage claim and when her skinny happy face came through the automatic doors, a teary and face holding reunion happened instantly. On Friday night, I knocked on grandma’s door in the guest room, and followed by my brother, we crawled on the edge of the bed, giggling because we got to watch TV on the Sabbath, BET if I remember correctly, and because of the good and warm feeling of being close to someone we loved and admired. The...

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MC Student travels to India and crashes two weddings

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

After an 18 hour flight, Timela Crutcher’s J-Term class arrived in the South Asian country of India, the seventh largest in the world with the second highest population and the most populous democracy. India’s motto is “Satyameva Jayate” or, translated from Sanskrit, “Truth Alone Triumphs.” Its anthem is “Jana Gana Mana” (Bengali), which translates to “Thou Art the Ruler of the Minds of all People,” and the national song is Vande Mataram, “I Bow to Thee, Mother.” Students explored a variety of aspects of Indian culture, including such facets as temples, churches, tour sites, permanently fixed installations of Chinese fishing nets and Muslim homes. Several cities were visited along the way. Students went to Chennai, one of the biggest, cultural economic and education centers in South India. They were treated to sacred sites such as Mahabalipuram which contains a...

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Impoverished Politics: Fascist Europe wasn’t built in a day, either

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

We’re only a few weeks into the Trump presidency and everything is pretty much as bad as we thought it would be. Not only is it apparent that Trump plans to carry out much of the heinous policy he promised during his campaign, that Steve Bannon is our white-supremacist-in-chief, but also that this administration can deny facts and blatantly violate ethics without any real repercussions. When Donald Trump declares that any news source publishing the low ratings of his presidency is ‘fake news,’ and he attempts to shut down federal employees for posting facts regarding climate change on social media, it is clear he is living in a very different reality. It is also alarming because there is a set precedent for this: the myriad of fascist and dictatorial regimes modern history has seen. Along the campaign trail, the...

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