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.
Two more short pieces on math.
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