Does common core of math standards miss the mark?
As many states including Florida adopt a national curriculum in math and reading, the assumption is that every child needs the same base knowledge to succeed and compete.
Two mathematics education experts argue in the NY Times that such a notion is just plain wrong.
"The truth is that different sets of math skills are useful for different careers, and our math education should be changed to reflect this fact," wrote Sol Garfunkel of the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications and David Mumford, Brown University professor emeritus.
Scientists require different math skills than do bankers. Mechanics have different needs than medics.
"It is true that our students' proficiency, measured by traditional standards, has fallen behind that of other countries' students, but we believe that the best way for the United States to compete globally is to strive for universal quantitative literacy: teaching topics that make sense to all students and can be used by them throughout their lives," the authors write.