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?

See C-SPAN’s coverage of this MoMath event here.