By Martin Gartzman
Valerie Strauss’s education blog at the Washington Post reported on December 6th about a recent essay written by an esteemed group comprised of some of the country’s leading mathematics educators and mathematics curriculum developers over the past 25 years (or more). The essay, which can be accessed here offers a balanced and sensible perspective on the high school mathematics curriculum, especially as it relates to the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. It should provide good food for thought and discussion among Illinois mathematics teachers, mathematics educators, and policy makers.
It is worth noting that three of the signers of the essay have strong connections to C-STEMEC institutions. Zalman Usiskin, is professor emeritus at the University of Chicago and director of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. Andy Isaacs is director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education and director of revisions for Everyday Mathematics. Diane Briars, who is president-elect of NCTM, has been a co-PI and author for the Intensified Algebra Project, which is housed at UIC’s Learning Sciences Research Institute.
-Martin Gartzman is the Executive Director for the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago