Math literacy — using numbers to understand real-world problems — should be the goal of high school math classes, concludes a report from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. NCTM critiques the “algebra-geometry-algebra 2 trifecta,” writes Ed Week‘s Stephen Sawchuk. In addition to preparing students for college and careers, math coursework should help students “identify, interpret, and critique math in social, scientific, and political systems; to understand math
Algebra 2 is the gatekeeper to college, writes Pamela Burdman, of Just Equations on EdSource Today. Many students never make it past. “A quiet revolt against the dominance of algebra” could widen the pathway to college, she writes. Thomas Navas tackles a problem in Data Science class at Francis Polytechnic High. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Los Angeles Times) The traditional high school sequence — Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 — often leaves students discouraged, Burdman writ
Ohio students will be able to take advanced computer science instead of Algebra II under a new law, reports Leo Versel in Education Week. Math educators are dubious. Students will be warned that some colleges and universities require Algebra II. In 2016, 28 states let computer science count as a math or science credit. Advocates believe teaching computer science and coding will prepare students “to compete in a tech-based economy,” writes Versel. Critics say there’s no eviden
As a math teacher I’m often presented with what, if you think about it, is blatant rudeness: Other: What do you do?
Me: I’m a math teacher.
Other: Oh gawd, I hate math. Thanks. It’s great that I know that. Could you imagine this conversation? Other: What do you do?
Me: I sell cars at Acme Ford.
Other: Oh gawd, I hate Fords. I’m a Chevy guy. or Other: What do you do?
Me: I’m a mechanic.
Other: Oh, blue collar. But hey, thanks for denigrating my chosen field. Anothe
Remedial math is the Bermuda triangle of community colleges. Many enter. Few go on to pass a college-level math class. City University of New York’s community colleges have developed a catch-up class that prepares a majority of students for college in one semester, writes David Kirp, a Berkeley professor public policy, in the New York Times. CUNY START, which includes “good teaching and I-have-your-back counseling,” could end the curse of remedial math, he believes. Can you