Saturday, February 28, 2009

Watt's Thoughts - Georgian Math

I work in the Georgia technical college system, and recently attended a job-related meeting. It was a gathering for the leaders of the system’s computer instructors (I’m chair of networking specialization). We’re beginning the conversion from quarters to trimesters, and the state representative was outlining the general core curriculum requirements. As she explained it, converting to quarter hours, the core could be either 25 or 30 hours. It was up to our committee to decide which.

I popped up and asked, "What is the difference between 25 and 30?"

Without missing a beat, she answered “Five.”

The room exploded with laughter.

Actually, the difference was whether students took one or two math courses. But who could resist such a great comeback?

- Dwight Watt
from "Watt's Thoughts," available at

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