Geometry or Epistemology?

3 Sep 2002 /
Parallel lines?

With school starting up in a couple of days, my wife is trying to get our boy in an academic frame of mind . She has him doing some exercises from a geometry workbook and of course he’s not interested.

“I can’t tell if these lines are exactly alike,” he says.

Holds the book up to his face.

“They look exactly alike . . .”

Call me biased, but turning the whole exercise into a philosophical problem, rather than just saying “I don’t want to do this,” is a pretty sophisticated plan of attack for a 9-year-old.

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