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NEH Enduring Questions Course on the Aims and Value of Education

Gizem Karaali, Pomona College

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What if ... math were not required in K-12 education? (Article)

Title: What if ... math were not required in K-12 education?

Author: Gizem Karaali

Abstract: Math teacher Paul Lockhart writes in A Mathematician’s Lament that the current state of mathematics education is analogous to a nightmare. Math in K-12 is taught out of context, without regard to intellectual need and curiosity, and in a uniformly linear fashion. School math often leaves out the cool stuff, the fun stuff, the naturally interesting and absolutely fascinating parts, and focuses almost exclusively on what can be tested. Students are “assessed” regularly and classified into those who can and those who cannot do math. Various entities whose existential purposes have nothing to do with the education of the nation’s future generations pontificate recklessly about how best math teachers should perform their craft. And so we get students who arrive at college with no idea what math really is about...

Year: 2015

Primary URL: http://magazine.pomona.edu/2015/fall/what-if/

Primary URL Description: What if ...

Format: Magazine

Periodical Title: Pomona College Magazine

Publisher: Pomona College

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