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    In His Prime

    Dirk Jan Struik Reflects on 103 Years of Mathematical and Political Activities

    Arthur B. Powell, Marilyn Frankenstein
    In this interview, Arthur B. Powell and Marilyn Frankenstein elicit a perspective on the importance of teacher-student relationships for academic, social, and political learning through the voice of mathematician and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Emeritus Dirk Jan Struik, who was 103 years old at the time of the interview. Through his words, we gain insights into European schooling from the end of the 1800s to the present, and into the intellectual and political life in the early part of this century. We learn about the impact of McCarthyism on intellectual freedom in the United States and about the importance of ethnomathematics from a man who not only lived through these times, but who also became an active political intellectual during this period of history. In this context, Struik discusses his intellectual, academic, and political trajectories, relating stories of his life as a student, teacher, mentor, colleague, professor, political activist, and Marxist intellectual.

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    Winter 1999 Issue

    Abstracts

    Literacy Learning and Economic Change
    Deborah Brandt
    Writing Development
    A Neglected Variable in the Consideration of Phonological Awareness
    Sofia A. Vernon, Emilia Ferreiro
    In His Prime
    Dirk Jan Struik Reflects on 103 Years of Mathematical and Political Activities
    Arthur B. Powell, Marilyn Frankenstein

    Book Notes

    Boarding School Seasons
    By Brenda J. Child

    Sharing Words
    By Ramón Flecha

    White Reign
    Edited by Joe L. Kincheloe, Shirley R. Steinberg, Nelson M. Rodriguez, and Ronald E. Chennault

    Country School Memories
    By Robert L. Leight and Alice Duffy Rinehart

    Country Schoolwomen
    By Kathleen Weiler

    The Incredible Journey to the Planets
    By Nicholas Harris

    The Art and Science of Portraiture
    By Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot and Jessica Hoffmann Davis

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