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Rearranging Our Mental Furniture


Frank E. Davis, President

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“Instruct, and illuminate, and rearrange our mental furniture.” I have been drawn to these words since I first heard them several months ago. A colleague of mine used them to describe the transforming purpose of exceptional research in mathematics education. She too had been moved by the powerful metaphor when she came across it in a columnist’s critique of Barack Obama’s now famous speech on race in America, “On A More Perfect Union.” *