The math myth : and other STEM delusions / Andrew Hacker.
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|Morgan Co PL - Martinsville Main Library||510.71 HAC (Text)||78551000535996||Non-Fiction||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9781620970683
- ISBN: 1620970686
- ISBN: 9781620973912
- Physical Description: 239 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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The "M" in STEM -- A harsh and senseless hurdle -- Will plumbers need polynomials? -- Does your dermatologist use calculus? -- Gender gaps -- Does mathematics enhance our minds? -- The Mandarins -- The Common Core: one size for all -- Discipline versus discovery -- Teaching, tracking, testing -- How not to treat statistics -- Numeracy 101.
Why do we inflict a full menu of mathematics --algebra, geometry, trigonometry, even calculus-- on all young Americans, regardless of their interests or aptitudes? The author of The Math Myth questions 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. The author 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.
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