Susan Jo Russell (TERC) coauthors Boston Globe Op Ed on Math Education

December 15, 2004

In their December 15 op ed, Susan Jo Russell and William McCallum (University of Arizona) ask why the United States is failing to produce a population that is fully competent and confident in mathematics. The authors warn that we should not succumb to the fantasy that there is some easy way to improve math literacy. Schools must commit to coherent plans that include establishing learning goals, providing professional development to support teachers in learning more about mathematics and how children learn it, and implementing good assessment tools to evaluate progress. Educators must provide—and parents should demand—a balanced, rigorous curriculum in which all children, not just those in privileged communities, learn serious mathematics in a serious way.

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