Essentially, the original question isn't even asking for an answer to a mathematics problem - it's asking the student to critique the application of a process. The parent doesn't even bother to actually read and understand the assignment before launching into their critique - which is a great lesson to be teaching their kid. It seems to me that teaching students to analyze an algorithm and its application can't be a bad thing at all - this would help prepare them for not just math, but some of the applied math fields like computer science as well.
Some people believe in continual improvement, i.e. progress. You should be specific in your critique of this particular pedagogical approach rather than simply claim the o.p. is somehow biased. That method A produced B does not mean that another method is inferior be because it is new. Such an appeal to tradition is fallacious.
Music isn't as easily serialized (insert Schoenberg joke here) as is a television drama. In other words, TV has an overall plot arc that can leave the viewer expecting and wanting more while still resolving smaller plots pertinent to a single episode, whereas stopping a track/piece/song/whatever right before an important point will likely just leave the listener confused. Obviously this doesn't necessarily hold for dramatized forms like opera and musical theater, which could easily follow a more TV-like model. I'm not sure how a subscription model would work with an art-form that isn't easily serialized.
Music is also not really consumed in the same way as TV. Music is often listened to repeatedly, with favorite parts of a work (track off an album, movement of a symphony, etc.) being extracted from the whole and listened to individually. Not that this doesn't happen with TV, but one can really only watch a scene from 'Breaking Bad' for the first time once. Repeated viewings can certainly bring out things you may have missed, but overall character motivations and plot twists aren't going to change. Listening to the same piece of music several times, however, is often necessary to fully comprehend the piece and can often create a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the piece. Again, I'm not sure how that would fit into a subscription model.
- University of North TexasPh.D., Music Composition, 2008 - 2012
- Bowling Green State UniversityM.M., Music Composition, 2003 - 2005
- Illinois Wesleyan UniversityB.M., Music Composition, 1999 - 2003
- Iowa State UniversityVisiting Profesor, 2013 - present
- University of North TexasTeaching Fellow, 2008 - 2011
- TEK SystemsCode-Monkey, 2006 - 2008
- Bowling Green State UniversityTeaching Assistant, 2003 - 2005
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