America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up (People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 42)
A special episode: Steve reports on a passion of his. Most high-school math classes are still preparing students for the Sputnik era. Steve wants to get rid of the “geometry sandwich” and instead have kids learn what they really need in the modern era: data fluency. Originally broadcast on Freakonomics Radio, this episode includes an update from Steve about a project he launched to revamp the education system.
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford University.
- Sally Sadoff, economist at the University of California-San Diego.
- David Coleman, president and C.E.O. of the College Board.
- Daphne Martschenko, research analyst at the University of Chicago.
- Suyen Machado, program director for the Introduction to Data Science Project.
- “How Much Data Is Created Every Day in 2020?” by Kesha Shah (LinkedIn, 2020).
- “Rejected by Colleges, SAT and ACT Gain High School Acceptance,” by Kate Zernike (The New York Times, 2016).
- “Just 1 in 4 High School Seniors Have Taken Statistics,” by Liana Loewus (Education Week, 2016).
- “Here’s the Very First SAT, From 1926. Can You Pass It?” by Valerie Strauss (The Washington Post, 2014).
- “Big Data and What it Means,” by Leslie Bradshaw (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 2013).
- “A Brief History of Mathematics Education in America,” Jessica Furr (The University of Georgia, 1996).
- “The History of Mathematical Education,” Phillip Jones (The American Mathematical Monthly, 1967).