A passionate editorial from the New York Times about ways to move the conversation forward on mathematics curriculum, teacher preparation, and the role of STEM in K-12 education.
One of many interesting excerpts:
the American system of teaching these subjects is broken. For all the reform campaigns over the years, most schools continue to teach math and science in an off-putting way that appeals only to the most fervent students. The mathematical sequence has changed little since the Sputnik era: arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and, for only 17 percent of students, calculus. Science is generally limited to the familiar trinity of biology, chemistry, physics and, occasionally, earth science.