Course Corrections

Is High School Math Serving Society? Can it? Does it? Should it?

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?

Watch as two of the nation’s most prominent voices on math education wrangle over its goals for America’s future, in a discussion that took place at MoMath on May 10, 2016. Moderated by John Ewing, President of Math for America.