USA Today: US students lag other countries in math. The reason likely lies in how schools teach it.
This validating article effectively argues what educational therapists have been saying for over a decade:
- Stop teaching the ‘geometry sandwich’
- Make more room for data science
- Stop splitting up students so much, and don’t hasten the curriculum
- Change the way elementary teachers think about math
- Make high school math reflect real life
The result? “…’They recruited fifth grade teachers from a county in central California to take and discuss the course. Within a year, the participating teachers’ students posted significantly higher state math scores in comparison to previous years. The jumps were particularly significant for girls and low-income students,’ Boaler said. ‘They thought they had to teach procedures, and then realized they could teach in this open, visual, creative way…'”