Book: Why The Professor Can't Teach.
Chapter 3: The Nature of Current Mathematical Research.
Chapter 4: The Conflict Between Research and teaching.
Chapter 5: The Debasement of Undergraduate Teaching.
Chapter 6: The Illiberal Mathematician.
Chapter 7: The Undefiled Mathematician.
Chapter 8: The Misdirection of High School Education.
Chapter 9: Some Light at the Beginning of the Tunnel - Elementary Education.
Chapter 10: Follies of the Marketplace: A Tirade on Tents.
Chapter 11: Some Mandatory Reforms.
The title of this book, which seems to cast aspersions on the competence of professors, is misleading. The author submitted a dozen or so more appropriate titles but the publisher was intransigent. Obviously he wished to trade on the name of his earlier publication WHY JOHNNY CAN'T ADD, which had wide recognition.
As the author's wife and sometime secretary, I can testify that Morris Kline was keenly unhappy with the publisher's choice. This book is not an attack on professors but is rather a wide-ranging critique of undergraduate education. Indeed an appropriate, less jazzy title would have been A CRITIQUE OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION.
Helen M. Kline
I am very grateful for the kind permission of Professor Kline's widow, Mrs Helen Kline to use the material on this section of my website.
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Version: 22nd March 2001