Andrew Hacker's 2012 New York Times op-ed questioning the requirement of advanced mathematics in our schools instantly became one of the paper's most widely circulated articles. Why, he wondered, do we inflict a full menu of mathematicsalgebra, geometry, trigonometry, even calculuson all young Americans, regardless of their interests or aptitudes?
The Math Myth expands Hacker's scrutiny of many widely held assumptions, like the notions that mathematics broadens our minds, that mastery of azimuths and asymptotes will be needed for most jobs, that the entire Common Core syllabus should be required of every student. He worries that a frenzied emphasis on STEM is diverting attention from other pursuits and subverting the spirit of the country.
In fact, Hacker honors mathematics as a calling (he has been a professor of mathematics) and extols its glories and its goals. Yet he shows how mandating it for everyone prevents other talents from being developed and acts as an irrational barrier to graduation and careers. He proposes alternatives, including teaching facility with figures, quantitative reasoning, and understanding statistics.
The Math Myth is sure to spark a heated and needed national conversation not just about mathematics but about the kind of people and society we want to be.
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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
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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.