Lesson 1: The State of Math Education in America
In this session Andrew Elizalde describes the state of math education in America, noting how we got to the current state and how people try to explain the current mediocrity. In a following session Andrew will suggest what he thinks should be done to renew and improve math education.
- Karl Weber, Waiting for “Superman” : How We Can Save America’s Failing Public Schools
- Morris Kline, Why Johnny Can’t Add: The Failure of the New Math
- Howard Gardner, The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach
- Harold Stevenson, The Learning Gap: Why Our Schools Are Failing and What We Can Learn from Japanese and Chinese Education
- David Tyack and Larry Cuban, Tinkering toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform
- Liping Ma, Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers’ Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States
- John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University
Outline of Session
Questions for Discussion
- What are the key changes that Andrew recommends to improve and renew math education in the US?
- How can the desire to learn critical thinking through mathematics be cultivated in students?
- How can a balance be struck between fulfilling the core curriculum as well as making sure students are able to have sufficient interaction with the material? What obstacles are in the way besides timing?
- Are there any other reasons not mentioned in this video for the ineffectiveness of current mathematical teaching?
- What does it mean to develop an individual philosophy of education? What, to you, does it look like to educate a child, and what does it require?
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