The U.S. requires its students to take a full menu of mathematics — one size for all — with no alternatives or exemptions. Colleges set similar hurdles. Author and professor of political science Andrew Hacker, who also teaches a course in mathematical literacy, asks one simple question: Why?

James Tanton, mathematics educator, consultant, author, and the Mathematical Association of America's mathematician-at-large, responds with his own question: Are people missing the point of what current high school mathematics is actually about?

Come listen as two of the nation's most prominent voices on math education wrangle over its goals for America's future, in a discussion moderated by John Ewing, President of Math for America.

This event brought to you by the National Museum of Mathematics, with support from the Mathematical Association of America.