### PZ spanks RC

Richard Cohen wrote a silly little column

Why is it silly - well, first consider the column with the words "arithmetic" and "algebra" interchanged with "english" and "history", and imagine Mr Cohen's response to the reversed scenario.

He is correct that everyone should learn history, including, especially, the "math whizzes". He is incorrect in asserting that algebra has no value.

Lest he doubt that, maybe he can ask the WaPo copy editor how Mr Cohen's column inch allocation is done and the columns fit onto the page. Oh, I forgot, there's a ``computer'' that does that, so that's ok then. No algebra here.

PZ proceeds to spank Cohen

Why is it silly - well, first consider the column with the words "arithmetic" and "algebra" interchanged with "english" and "history", and imagine Mr Cohen's response to the reversed scenario.

He is correct that everyone should learn history, including, especially, the "math whizzes". He is incorrect in asserting that algebra has no value.

Lest he doubt that, maybe he can ask the WaPo copy editor how Mr Cohen's column inch allocation is done and the columns fit onto the page. Oh, I forgot, there's a ``computer'' that does that, so that's ok then. No algebra here.

PZ proceeds to spank Cohen

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