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Created: January 10, 2006
Latest Update: January 10, 2006
Obaid, Fatimah :
Message 8974:Hi Jeanne, I hope you are feeling better. I just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed your teaching style. It was a far cry from the way I am used to learning, and I truly enjoyed it. I am not a person who enjoys doing math, so the thought of statistics scared me, but taking your class was a big relief. The way you explained statistical data helped me to not only learn a new approach to statistics but it also kept me informed on current events in the news. I used to not read the newspaper too often, but now I read it at least once a week. I also enjoyed the naked space exhibit, it was fun making the box sculptures and making the cards for Betty. You taught me a lot of things this semester, and I passed the lessons on to my family. You are a great treasure Jeanne. Thank you for being so open.
Reply:Thank you, Fatimah. I'm so glad that you were able to share with your family. That ought to be one of our primary family values. I'm also glad we got past your fear of statistics.
December 27, 2005
Message 7327:Sorry if this is late. I hope I am on the right track. The reasons we are making the boxes is to learn pattern recognition. I learned how to make the box the first time it was demonstrated in class. It was easier for me to follow the instructions by watching Jeanne than it would be for me to follow the diagram she posted on the website. I recognized that the box is made up of rectangles and triangles folded into squares and what you do to one side you must do to the other side to keep the box in balance. The box could relate to our lives. We do things in certain patterns (routines) in order to maintain or get balance.
Reply:Good explanation, Fatimah. In relating this to statistics, you might want to point out that one of the purposes of using quantitative data is to make the patterns more obvious.
December 27, 2005
Message 6670:Why can't people just be identified as human beings? Why do we have to be identified by color or the land we are from? No one should be judging anyone else based on race, color, land origin or anything else, we are all human, we are all born from a mother and we all inevitably bleed the same blood.
Reply:This is part of a thread. One of the reasons we identify people by race, color, land of origin, is because people thought they saw patterns that made those variables matter. The problem is that we weren't careful to look to the unstated assumptions behind those patterns and search for more complex patterns. In the last day or so there was an article in either the NY or the LA Times by a researcher who pointed out that we were never going to get rid of gangs worldwide unless we do something about creating jobs and career opportunities for those who have no future in the present ghettos of the world. That's the inside of the box. Race, color, land of origin are just the outside of those social constructs.
December 27, 2005
Message 6369:This article from a statistical point of view shows the pattern that women of all walks of life go through the same kinds of experiences when it comes to abortion. It also shows data indicating that women who are more educated and financially secure have the lowest rates of abortion. I wonder if this is because women who are more educated and have more financial security merely get pregnant less, therefore there are fewer opportunities to want or need an abortion.
Reply:Interesting interpretation, Fatimah. Reminds me of Lee Rainwater's book in the 70's, And the Poor Get Children.
December 20, 2005Fatima, I was delighted to have you in the office last Thursday. Hope it helped.
October 8, 2005