MS#126. The Trouble with Math, 2008
- In: Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World:
The Ross School Model and Education for the Global Era
- M. Suarez-Orozco and C. Sattin-Bajaj, eds.
- New York, NY: NYU Press, 2010.
- Subjects: Math Education
- Written: April 19, 2008
- Abstract: Math education in the United States has serious problems, well known and progressing since the
1950s. Math disfunctionality, including innumeracy, math anxiety, and the math avoidance reflex,
have become a national disgrace. The resulting rigid standards and tests have only made
things worse, and this downward spiral is now spreading to Europe and Asia as well. In this essay
we propose a program in which math problems may be avoided by adherence to an historical
approach (following a chronological order based on world cultural history), the use of multiple
modes (especially, multimedia and computation), and a return to Euclid (geometry before algebra).
13 pages, 800 KB
by Ralph Abraham