The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions

The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions

by Andrew Hacker


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ISBN-13: 9781620970683
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(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.