Monkeys and Maths

To the Editor:

What a sheer delight it was to see a consummate educator in action at First Wednesday's December presentation "Monkeys, Mathematics, and Mischief: What Are the Lifelong Lessons of Education?" Coming to Manchester from nearby Williams College, Professor Edward Burger's passionate and engaging presentation enabled First Wednesdayers (and an impressive number of Burr & Burton Academy and Long Trail School students) to do what seemed impossible: breaking down a complex mathematical challenge into its easily manageable parts. With theatrical flair and abundant first-rate humor (word is that, in the late 1980s, Burger was an "independent contract" writer for Jay Leno), he had us all on the seats of our chairs, waiting for the next problem-solving step mixed with life lessons for learners of all ages.

We extend our thanks to The Vermont Humanities Council and the Mark Skinner Library for bringing this exceptional speaker to the Northshire. Without them, the First Wednesdays statewide sponsor (VT. Department of Libraries), and the dedicated local sponsors of this program (Northshire Bookstore, The Perfect Wife Restaurant & Tavern, The Spiral Press Cafe, and VT Renewable Fuels), we would have missed a rare learning opportunity.

Rosalie and Lee Fox



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