I teach math and I work with a lot of students who struggle with it… Especially in Geometry, when they have to do proofs.
But when students complete their first *really* basic proof on their own, I’m pretty damn proud. Even though they have a long way to go before they’re doing “real” math, it’s a big step, and I feel happy for them.
I guess I feel the same way about the brand new King Abdullah Science and Technology University in Saudi Arabia.
It’s making headlines for things the rest of us have already accomplished, but it’s a big step for them:
The conservative country unveiled on Wednesday its first ever fully coed university, the King Abdullah Science and Technology University (KAUST). In the past, women in the notoriously gender restrictive kingdom were only allowed to take classes separately from men.
[T]he new university will not require women to wear veils or cover their faces, and they will be able to mix freely with men.
They will also be allowed to drive, a taboo in a country where women must literally take a back seat to their male drivers.
The success of the university may depend in part on how well these ideas spread of the rest of the country and the region — probably ways down the road. It’s a very exciting and promising beginning, though.
(Thanks to Donna for the link!)