The Education Blueprint falls short on many counts. Perhaps we should take a lesson from the Finns.
Man of Mathematics was the title of the book, a parting gift from Mr Paul Pommel, my father’s secondary school teacher who finished his term as a Peace Corp volunteer in rural Kuala Terengganu in 1968. Today, my father is a mathematics professor. Was it the book that influenced him, or Pommel? Or was it the simple experience of getting a gift from his teacher that propelled him to where he is today? (Pommel later died in the Vietnam War.)
Regardless of which it was, it cannot be denied that education was the key.
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