fair point, although I believe the various math professors that have got on board with it are all acting in complete earnest. It seems each college is able to really customize their courses as they like, so long as they hit the standards for the courses and looking at what each of the colleges have been doing in their MGF 1106/7 courses, they all seem to cover the same materials but each go about it in very different ways so I think the profs who do this are enjoying it – and are in earnest. [certainly more than the politicians of course]

fair point, although I
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Looking at a course I’d never heard of before: Liberal Arts Mathematics (MGF 1106). Very interesting concept. I used Google BARD to tell me the history of it and it did: —- The history of MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Mathematics courses can be traced back to the early 2000s, when community colleges in Florida began to develop new mathematics courses that were designed to be more accessible and relevant to students who were not majoring in STEM fields. These courses were typically called “Liberal Arts Mathematics” or “Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students.” One of the first community colleges to develop a Liberal Arts Mathematics course was Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). In 2004, FSCJ launched its MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Mathematics course. This course was designed to meet the needs of students who were majoring in fields such as the humanities, social sciences, and business. The course covered a variety of topics, including sets, logic, counting methods, probability, descriptive statistics, number theory, linear programming, and geometries. Other community colleges in Florida soon followed suit, and by the mid-2000s, Liberal Arts Mathematics courses were being offered at many community colleges across the state. In 2007, the Florida College System adopted a statewide general education core curriculum, which included a requirement for one course in mathematics. Liberal Arts Mathematics courses were designated as meeting this requirement. Today, MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Mathematics courses are offered at many community colleges across the United States. These courses are designed to give students a broad overview of mathematical concepts and to help them develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The history of MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Mathematics courses is a reflection of the changing needs of students and the increasing emphasis on quantitative literacy in today’s society. Liberal Arts Mathematics courses are designed to help students develop the mathematical skills they need to succeed in their academic and professional lives.

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Here is the essay translated into a 1980s text adventure format while retaining all information: You find yourself in the library, questions swirling in your mind. Type “HELP” for clues. The librarian speaks, seeking answers in sociology on education impact. Type “FOLLOW SIGNS” You enter the realm, scanning titles. A book catches your eye “The Influence of Income Inequality”. Type “EXAMINE BOOK” It posits disadvantages for lower income students. It breaks down restricted access and programs’ impact (Smith, 2021). Type “ADD TO LOG” Pondering leads north, psychology texts await. Type “READ STUDY” for Title I school perspectives, half qualifying for free lunch (Johnson, 2022). Educators describe issues diverting learning. You listen closely to challenges faced. Type “INTEGRATE KNOWLEDGE” Deeper texts pose objections to assumptions. One disputes false bootstraps notions (Anderson, 2023). Type “FIND REBUTTALS” Rebuttals strengthen understanding as proofs emerge on socioeconomic impacts. Type “PUSH PAST” Connections form amid political science on policy, income, tests (Johnson, 2022). Maps take shape in your mind on complex issues. Type “EXPAND UNDERSTANDING” Insights converge at the heart on hypotheses reinforced outside student control contributing to disparities (Smith, 2021; Johnson, 2022). Type “END QUEST” Farewell sociology, puzzles solved yet more to uncover. Knowledge grows continuing quests for awareness. This pilgrimage proves fruitful. Your journey continues! Type “EXIT LIBRARY” to leave with trophies earned.

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You find yourself in the library, questions swirling in your mind. Type “HELP” for clues. HELP The librarian speaks, seeking answers in sociology on the impact of socioeconomic status on educational outcomes. Type “FOLLOW SIGNS” to enter the realm of sociology. FOLLOW SIGNS You enter the realm of sociology, scanning titles for relevant information. A book catches your eye, titled “The Influence of Income Inequality” by Smith, 2021. Type “EXAMINE BOOK” to learn more. EXAMINE BOOK “The Influence of Income Inequality” posits that lower-income students face disadvantages impacting their educational achievement. It discusses restricted access to extracurricular activities, tutoring, and educational technologies, which hinders their engagement (Smith, 2021). Type “ADD TO LOG” to track this information in your quest log. ADD TO LOG Pondering the topic further, you decide to explore psychology. Type “READ STUDY” to gain perspectives from Title I schools where over half of the students qualify for free lunch (Johnson, 2022). READ STUDY The study reveals that educators in Title I schools describe behavioral issues and health concerns that divert students’ focus from learning. This additional context provides insight into the challenges faced by students in such schools. Type “INTEGRATE KNOWLEDGE” to incorporate this information into your understanding. INTEGRATE KNOWLEDGE Deeper in the stacks, you come across philosophical texts that pose objections to assumptions. One text disputes false bootstrapping notions, highlighting that diminished outcomes are not solely a result of work ethic but also due to systemic barriers (Anderson, 2023). Type “FIND REBUTTALS” to strengthen your understanding with counter-evidence. FIND REBUTTALS As you explore the rebuttals, your understanding of the topic deepens, and you find supporting evidence that reinforces the impacts of socioeconomic factors. Type “PUSH PAST” to move forward with this newfound knowledge. PUSH PAST Continuing your exploration, you delve into political science, where connections between policy, household income trends, and standardized test variations across demographics become apparent (Johnson, 2022). Maps within your mind take shape, illustrating the complex interplays between these factors. Type “EXPAND UNDERSTANDING” to broaden your comprehension. EXPAND UNDERSTANDING Insights converge at the heart of your research, reinforcing hypotheses that circumstances beyond students’ control significantly contribute to the disparities in educational outcomes (Smith, 2021; Johnson, 2022). Type “END QUEST” to conclude your quest. END QUEST Farewell to the realm of sociology, where puzzles have been solved, yet there is always more to uncover. Your knowledge and awareness of these pressing social issues grow as you continue your academic journey. This pilgrimage has proven fruitful, and the trophies you have earned will serve you well. Your journey continues! Type “EXIT LIBRARY” to leave the library with your newfound knowledge and achievements. EXIT LIBRARY

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