America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up (Ep. 391) October 2, 2019 @ 11:00pm
by Steven D. Levitt
Produced by Zack Lapinski
00:00 / 46:58 The high-school math curriculum in the U.S. predates the age of modern computers. Can educators and policymakers be convinced it’s time for an overhaul? (Photo: Needpix) Most high-school math classes are still preparing students for the Sputnik era. Steve Levitt wants to get rid of the “geometry sandwich” and instead have kids learn what they really need in the modern era: data fluency. Listen and subscribe to our podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or elsewhere. Below is a transcript of the episode, edited for readability. For more information on the people and ideas in the episode, see the links at the bottom of this post.
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Achieving math proficiency includes:
- Making sense of problems and persevering in solving them
- Reasoning abstractly and quantitatively
- Constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others
- Modeling with mathematics
- Using appropriate tools strategically
- Attending to precision
- Looking for and making use of structure
- Looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning