The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions Andrew Hacker Andrew Hacker s 2012 New York Times op ed questioning the requirement of advanced mathematics in our schools instantly became one of the paper s most widely circulated articles Why, he wondered, do we inflict a full menu of mathematics algebra, geometry, trigonometry, even calculus on all young Americans, regardless of their interests or aptitudes The Math Myth expands HaAndrew Hacker s 2012 New York Times op ed questioning the requirement of advanced mathematics in our schools instantly became one of the paper s most widely circulated articles Why, he wondered, do we inflict a full menu of mathematics algebra, geometry, trigonometry, even calculus on all young Americans, regardless of their interests or aptitudes The Math Myth expands Hacker s scrutiny of 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 He worries that a frenzied emphasis on STEM is diverting attention from other pursuits and subverting the spirit of the country.In fact, Hacker 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.The Math Myth is sure to spark a heated and needed national conversation not just about mathematics but about the kind of people and society we want to be.. The Math Myth And Other STEM Delusions Andrew Hacker s New York Times op ed questioning the requirement of advanced mathematics in our schools instantly became one of the paper s most widely circulated articles Why he wondered do we
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I have a degree in mathematics, I work with technology, and I use math routinely in my job, so when I picked up Andrew Hacker s anti STEM manifesto, I expected to hate it So I was actually surprised to find the overview section compelling Hacker s thesis is that STEM is over emphasized in American education and that this does net harm than good to students I disagree, but I like to be challenged, and I was on board with this book for the first ten pages or so I was eager to see his arguments.Un [...]
Hacker has an interesting hypothesis He wants to change the instruction of mathematics in school In fact he wants to emphasize arithmetic and have mathematics for STEM science, technology, engineering, math students As a person who struggled in arithmetic but excelled in mathematics I find this interesting Hacker claims math is the cause of many high school and college drop outs He claims calculus is never used by the majority of people after leaving school.As a scientist I had some problems wit [...]
Let me get this out of the way right off the bat This book has a plethora of semantics errors The fact that Hacker does not have a background in mathematics education is obvious to anyone who does.Now, that being said, there are many good, valid points in this book He just doesn t know how to articulate what he means I can decode his message, but my biggest fear is that others cannot Perhaps others who are in the position of effecting change in the world of mathematics education That s a bit sca [...]
Good, little repetitive if one is used to consuming books and podcasts like Freakanomics.Essentially lays out the case not to eliminate math, but just we shouldn t emphasize high level math so much in grade school and high school High level in this case being beyond first year algebra.One thing I appreciated it was the why do we just measure our educational success against STEM What about fine arts, how do we stack up against other countries there sort of attitude.
This book should be required reading for every teacher at every level of our education system Arithmetic is necessary for an enlightened citizenry Algebra and Geometry might make you a critical thinker Calculus could save you from intellectual rot But requiring ALL prospective college students to be fluent in advanced mathematics is chasing millions of otherwise capable children from both high school and advanced degrees It is just as likely that a banker will use Dostoevsky as differential equ [...]
Hacker convincingly debunks the nonsensical assertions about the practical value of requiring all students to master higher level mathematics, and persuasively explains why America s obsessions one size fits all approach to schooling does a gross disservice to students and institutions of learning Lively, provocative, and insightful.
Challenges prevailing thought and really gets you thinking.
I am now honestly regretful to have read The Math Myth And Other STEM Delusions which is a sorry piece of work.The author makes so many logical fallacies that the book should be a classic textbook study in logic classes It s quite comical, especially when he uses a mathematical example which contains an error almost every time.In page 5, he said that the students will have to confront questions like this Then, I turned to the next page it s just the objectives of two different topics Where are t [...]
Most of us have never used even a sliver of the High School math that we were taught Most occupations do not require it But all students must display a proficiency in Algebra, Trig, even calculus to graduate from HS, and most students who go on to community college end up taking remedial math because they already have forgotten all the maybe knew This book asks if this is really all necessary Should we be require to take math that is essentially irrelevant to all but a few Does it cause perfectl [...]
Interesting idea that we need less not math, or applicable vs theoretical math I like that idea that the things you learn can and should be usable Some good arguments I am curious what a math teacher thinks of this premise Disagree with author s belief that Common Core has higher math standards Whatever its initial intent, I have seen Common Core dumb down ambitious, challenging curriculum When I read an Algebra 2 common core course description that weighs math essays heavier than problems and [...]
This is among the most interesting books I have read on education today, and possibly the most important As a journalism teacher I have questioned the emphasis on higher math in recent years Hacker explains why we should question it, and question why math gets half the value or in advancing in American education the book is highly readable and rich with both statistical and anecdotal evidence that the STEM movement has sold us a bill of goods.
Grade F WorkHard to take Hacker seriously as an author when he has to resort to name calling to try to make his point Just because you don t understand calculus doesn t mean it s not worth a studying Typical humanities reaction to math I hope no educator in America is foolish enough to take this seriously I would almost think this is an Onion parody, except it s not well written enough Don t waste your time on this piece of cr p.
Very provocative thesis that much of the math we require in both high school and college is really unnecessary and forms an unnecessary barrier for many students in pursuing higher education He further presses the point that in the struggle to get all students through algebra, a lot of really useful arithmetic such as how to assess statistics and how to calculate mortgages is never mastered.
Definitely a thought provoking book I agreed with some ideas, and would argue against others I especially enjoyed reading about the discovery versus discipline styles of teaching, as well as the voices quotes included in various chapters.
The manifesto I have been waiting for since the second grade Andrew Hacker deserves a medal.
Everyone needs numerical literacy, but teaching higher level math serves as a barrier.
Decision makers and educators fail to carefully and continually reconsider what it is that we teach and why and that does our society a grave disservice There is simply no good reason to maintain our programs of study in their current form other than tradition, which no longer serves This is the central point that Hacker makes, one that I share in my own book, Engage Setting the Course for Independent Secondary Schools in the 21st Century When we require that all students attain a certain bar in [...]
I knew I would have disagreements with this book before I started, but I was willing to give it a shot.That ended on page 5, where the author cites what is supposed to be an example of a question students will answer on a Common Core exam Use the properties of exponents to interpret expressions of exponential functions For example, identify percent rate of change in Wait a minuteis isn t a question at all This is, in fact, the word for word standard F IF.8.b from the Common Core Students will ne [...]
I remember an old quip for every economist there is an equal and opposite economist That may be said of education gurus even When you get into something really squishy like education policy it is hard to get a handle on what works and what doesn t In the rush to push STEM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics there is push back especially in the form of this book on overhyped virtues of the Traditional mathematics common core requirements I have a strong mathematics background and I [...]
An effective argument that advanced math should not be required of all students I did not expect to agree with the him so fully, but he won me over He points out the destructive consequences to students of requiring all of them to take Algebra 2 and above in order to get a high school diploma, enter many universities or even study at some 2 year colleges for certification to enter fields that require nothing than arithmetic All too often colleges, universities and employers use these math requi [...]
5 stars for being thought provoking and original As to his main points, the devil is in the details While I agree that much mandated advanced math in high school and college will never be used later or even needed by most of those students, it could be argued that most mandated material will never be needed As a computer programmer I didn t need any of the chemistry, physics, biology that I had to take Or poetry for that matter I have an advanced math degree, so am not biased against that field [...]
As someone who had to take 3 calculus courses as a biology student in college, I totally agree with the author that not all high school nor college students need to take advanced math, especially in the form of advanced algebra Unfortunately, after the first few chapters, the author keeps beating the same points, and the text gets a bit redundant I did like the examples of questions given from SAT and common core exams My first thought was, yikes, I can barely remember this stuff binomials let a [...]
I enjoyed this book as I started to read it, but after several chapters it got bogged down and kept repeating the same thing over and over I enjoyed the chapter on Common Core but did a lot of skimming toward the end of the book I do believe the author was correct when he said that not all students need the present day requirements in math Not every student plans to be a mathematician and our present day requirements set too many students up for failure or to drop out of school There was good fo [...]
I mostly agree with Mr Hacker s main points, central of which is that STEM is not the cure all to american educational decline whatever that s supposed to mean and that math department and educational system requirements are out of step with the math skills ultimately needed by most students, even for most so called STEM degrees and careers Unfortunately, this book is about twice as long as it needs to be to make the point, and did not offer any solutions as to how to rectify this system endemic [...]
Wow Don t push algebra Hacker feels that the big math push punishes students and adult learners He emphasizes that most jobs do NOT require the higher math that the STEM push loves Liked this title.
an expansion of his article in the NYT magazine excellent points re math arithmetic
Political garbage after the second halfome and long disproved.
A great study on math in K 12 in America and how unfounded and conflicting goals from corporations and education are destroying the chances for our new generations to graduate.
Excellent book and one every parent, math teacher and school administrator should read.
pretty good rambles on a bit, though.