A Clarion Call for Real Mathematics

I have spent more years than I care to remember reading reports of government advisory committees, but I have never encountered anything like

I have spent more years than I care to remember reading reports of government advisory committees, but I have never encountered anything like “The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel” (PDF) released yesterday by the Education Dept. In uncharacteristically blunt language, the report offers an action plan for a radical reconstruction of math education, especially in kindergarten through 8th grade. The overhaul is needed, the panelist argue, because the U.S. is failing produce the technically literate workforce it needs and can no longer count on making up for the shortfall through immigration because “the dramatic success of economies overseas in the age of the Internet cast doubt on the viability of such a strategy in the future.”

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