The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions

The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions

by Andrew Hacker


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The “lively” ( Kirkus Reviews ), provocative, much-talked-about book that challenges the mandate for all students to master a full menu of mathematics, from the bestselling author

When Andrew Hacker published an op-ed in the New York Times questioning the requirement of advanced mathematics in schools, it instantly became one of the paper’s most widely circulated articles. Why, he wondered, do we inflict algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and even calculus on all young Americans, regardless of their interests and aptitudes? In response to the controversy sparked by his ideas, Hacker fleshed out his arguments in The Math Myth , which Diane Ravitch has hailed as an “important book” that “demolishes some totally unrealistic policies that will prevent many students from ever receiving a high school diploma and leading useful lives.”

In a book Howard Gardner calls “important and timely—and a great read,” Hacker offers a bold examination of widely held assumptions about the Common Core curriculum, the frenzied emphasis on STEM, and the type of knowledge that is—and will be—needed for most jobs. A mathematics professor himself, Hacker, in this “direct and clear” ( Kirkus Reviews ) “worthwhile read” ( National Book Review ), honors mathematics as a calling and extols its glories and its goals—yet shows how mandating it for everyone not only prevents other talents from being developed, but acts as an irrational barrier to graduation and fulfilling careers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620973912
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 751,376
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew Hacker is the author of ten books, including The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions (The New Press) and the New York Times bestseller Two Nations. He teaches at Queens College and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

1 The "M" in STEM 1

2 A Harsh and Senseless Hurdle 13

3 Will Plumbers Need Polynomials? 27

4 Does Your Dermatologist Use Calculus? 47

5 Gender Gaps 63

6 Does Mathematics Enhance Our Minds? 81

7 The Mandarins 97

8 The Common Core: One Size for All 117

9 Discipline Versus Discovery 131

10 Teaching, Tracking, Testing 147

11 How Not to Treat Statistics 165

12 Numeracy 101 181

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 209

Index 225

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book in March 2016 and bought without delay. This is one of the most important books about education. This book is timely, it speaks to important issues of policy, and of the success of the students and college system. This book and what it exposes about our educational system has been long overdue in being written and publication but since it is here now, this book is a must read. Any person that will have a student in college or high school or any student that will need to deal with algebra in college should read this book. Further, every college administration, admissions, and mathematics department should read this book so that they can honestly address the issues associated with the college mathematics requirements. This is really a book that takes on the state of education and many of the myths that have been perpetuated at great expense for decades and made the system and students less successful as a result. This book is important, well-written, and something that I think parents and educators should read to better educate themselves on our current flaws in the current system. Bravo to Hacker for taking on this issue and for having done such an excellent job in reporting on an issue that had been systematically ignored by so many people that should not be ignoring it.