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Proposal: Mathematics Learning, Studying, and Education

Based on this question and answer, beta proposals are generally started on a Wednesday or Tuesday a week after the proposal reaches 200 commiters. It can sometimes take 2 weeks or more.

For comparison, the Expatriates proposal reached 200 commiters on Feb 21, a Friday, and has not yet entered beta.

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    My main site here (Money.SE) took a while and finally graduated. I'll be patient here, and figure we'll go into beta in a few weeks. And I promise to keep in mind that any puns that end in "beta-max" will not be understood by most. Just like when I used the phrase 'same Bat-time, same Bat-channel" and even the teachers didn't get it. – JTP - Apologise to Monica Mar 2 '14 at 22:51
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    @JoeTaxpayer Adam West and Burt Ward. The original camp TV version. Sock, Kapow, etc. Never missed an episode. – Geoff Pointer Mar 2 '14 at 23:55
  • The answer you link to say tuesday or wednesday. – quid Mar 3 '14 at 0:34
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    @GeoffPointer - Ha, great to see this. I looked at your profile. My small survey at my school suggests you're also going to agree with me on how calculators are a detriment to students for many reasons. The demarcation line for that opinion seems to be age 40. – JTP - Apologise to Monica Mar 3 '14 at 10:46
  • It seems to me that the time from reaching the magical number of committments and the start of the beta depends also from the proposal itself. For example, proposals for SO in other languages seems on hold. – mau Mar 3 '14 at 11:44
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    @JoeTaxpayer, you are wrong. I strongly believe students (and even schoolchildren) should learn how to use a calculator, they won't be doing any long division for real anytime in their live. And I'm 59. (Yes, I know it is much easier to drill in long division or extracting square roots than teaching how to think, but the later should be the goal). – vonbrand Mar 3 '14 at 13:47
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    @vonbrand - thank you for setting me straight. You see, I had a strongly held opinion that I'd come to over the course of 30+ years. Now I understand that it's not about tendency toward a belief based on observation, but that I am simply mistaken, as is anyone who shares my opinion. I look forward to this board becoming real and active, where we might reach an understanding. I looked at your profile. Can you tell me what you teach? I am a math aide at high school level. – JTP - Apologise to Monica Mar 3 '14 at 14:57
  • @JoeTaxpayer, mostly 2nd year at University level on discrete math (proofs, elementary combinatorics, a bit of algebra, generating functions, a bit of graph theory) for what you'd call Computer Science. Looking forward to discuss with others interested in how and what to teach is what brings me here. – vonbrand Mar 3 '14 at 16:00

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