There is a LOT of cheating in education. But not the one that comes to mind when one reads "cheating". I talk about cheating that leads to COLLEGE students who had a passing grade for college math, and then do this (when taking a physics course).
Didn't spot any issues? Ask in a comment field at the bottom and I will help. This is just a tiny sample of what I have seen in my classes for twelve years teaching two-three thousands of students. I have some statistics on the matter in a different post. And at the bottom if this post you find some examples of problems every Russian high-school graduate must do.
Question - who do you think is responsible for THAT cheating? Teachers? Principals? Politicians? Philanthropists? The Department of Education? The NSF? Government in general?
Ignoring the quality of college education when advocating for free college for everyone is nothing but a publicity stunt.
When browsing the Internet I accidentally stumbled upon this piece from 2018: “We Should Teach Math Like It's a Language”, By Jeannine Diddle Uzzi, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern Maine (https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/05/30/we-should-teach-math-like-its-a.html).
There is a wast amount of research on the state of math education. People use complicated statistical method to prove their point of view. It is a major waste of energy. Do you want to test the quality of the work of math teacher? Ask his or her students - why 2 + 2 = 4? I can assure you the majority will not be able to give an answer. Hence the teacher has not done a good job. Q.E.D. ◾▢
Instead of spending millions on research, NSF needs to invest in rudimentary teacher preparation.
The first slide in this short opinion piece is what I say to my students when we start learning about normal force. All college students taking a physics course have math as a prerequisite. I have taught hundreds, maybe around two thousand of students. A large percentage of them have had very poor math preparation, especially American-born ones.
Lately more people advocate for a utilitarian approach to teaching math - "I have not used never algebra in my life, why did I spend so much on trying to learn it, I hated it, and students hate it, so let's get rid of it!". Yes, let's teach only things students like - what's that, computer games? watching cartoon or super-hero movies? First and foremost math and physics teach people HOW TO REASON, they develop intellectual abilities (among many other things). Currently, American policy is governed by poorly educated - on BOTH sides! The Republicans depend on whites without college education. And so do the Democrats - they simply cannot win without minority voters - who have the very low average level of education. Eliminating algebra only makes this worth. For thirty years with all that talk about reforming education that was just a talk. When will policy makers understand that the low level of American mass education has become the biggest threat to the national security? And not just because of politics. Because of economy, too. Economy needs more and more highly educated professionals. Thirty years ago business leaders and politicians had to make a tough choice. Should they start making heavy investments into education? The answer was - no. That would negatively affected profits. So, they invented H-1B visa. And now America has become addicted to the foreign-born highly educated professionals. Even a slight decrease in those numbers leads to a heavy withdrawal - with kicking and screaming - we need more! why no one asks - how come that all other country are fine with having their own native grown up professionals, but America cannot survive without foreigners? And don't say "America is founded by immigrants" - that was hundreds years ago.
Two more short pieces on math.
Recent tweets on the matter: