I too remember learning proofs in Jr. High. And I also believe the main objective was to teach 12 and 13 year olds that it is possible to apply a repeatable, disciplined process to how they approach problem solving. Certainly not a worthless lesson, even if the mathematics involved are never used again.
Karen Mercedes Goertzel, CISSP Associate 703.698.7454 goertzel_ka...@bah.com ________________________________________ From: sc-l-boun...@securecoding.org [sc-l-boun...@securecoding.org] On Behalf Of Brad Andrews [andr...@rbacomm.com] Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:23 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [SC-L] Where Does Secure Coding Belong In the Curriculum? I had proofs in junior high Geometry too, though I do not recall using them outside that class. I went all the way through differential equations, matrix algebra and probability/statistics and I don't recall much focus on proofs. This was in the early 1980s in a good school (Illinois), so it wasn't just modern teaching methods that were too blame. I am not sure that the proofs were all that useful for understanding some things either, though the logic they taught has value that I missed a bit of since I did hit some modern techniques. -- Brad Andrews RBA Communications CISM, CSSLP, SANS/GIAC GSEC, GCFW, GCIH, GPCI _______________________________________________ Secure Coding mailing list (SC-L) SC-L@securecoding.org List information, subscriptions, etc - http://krvw.com/mailman/listinfo/sc-l List charter available at - http://www.securecoding.org/list/charter.php SC-L is hosted and moderated by KRvW Associates, LLC (http://www.KRvW.com) as a free, non-commercial service to the software security community. _______________________________________________