How America Lost Its Scientific Edge and How to Get It Back

Chance Layton

NAS member Edward Dougherty writes on the decline of science and remedies to make Americans competitive once again.

Common Core Damage Will Last for Years to Come

Chance Layton

NAS President Peter Wood, in a recent Heartlander article, explains the failures of Common Core and why it’s in the process of leaving America’s public schools.

The Imaginary STEM Crisis

George Leef

George Leef argues that America actually doesn't need a huge increase in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology degrees.

Common Core Doesn't Add Up to STEM Success

Sandra Stotsky

The Common Core State Standards won't prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, writes NAS board member Sandra Stotsky 

Test Your Knowledge: Impediments

Peter Wood

How much do you know about impediments that lie unresolved in science and mathematics?

Common Core State Standards: Mathematics Proficiency

William H. Young

William Young discusses CCSS proposals for revitalizing K‒12 mathematics education.

Tales From an Ed School Survivor

George Leef

Mathematician and math teacher Barry Garelick writes about his unhappy experiences in the “math methods” course he took while pursuing his obligatory teaching certificate at George Mason University several years ago.

Common Core State Standards: Our Mathematics Problem

William H. Young

William Young discusses the steep decline in mathematics education during the last half-century.

Ask a Scholar: Touching Spheres

Vera B. Koutsoyannis

A bowler asks: what is the area of the space between two touching spheres? Mathematically, it is a point and has no area, but what about in the real world?

Socially Constructed Mathematics -- That Will Make All the Difference!

George Leef

The University of North Carolina is hosting a professor from the University of Illinois who maintains that what “minority” students need if they’re going to understand math is for it to be presented as a “social construct.” This makes me think of the famous hoax by Alan Sokol — a published paper contending that gravity was a “social construct.” I don’t think this is a hoax, though.

Unnumbered

Peter Wood

Peter Wood fears that a new proposal for improving science education will lead to even greater math illiteracy among high school graduates.

Bias, Barriers, or Biology?

Ashley Thorne

Fewer women than men pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Is this really the big problem AAUW would have us believe?

Ed Schools Failing Math

Ken Daniszewski

Sandra Stotsky has an excellent article in City Journal discussing how our education schools are failing to deliver on math education - because they have become over committed to some progressive ideas about math education which really don't work as well as traditional teacher-directed approaches. She notes that:

The heart of the disagreement between progressive math educators and mathematicians is whether students are acquiring a foundation in arithmetic and other aspects of mathematics in the early grades that prepares them for authentic algebra coursework in grades 7, 8, and 9. If not, they then cannot successfully complete the advanced math courses in high school that will prepare them adequately for freshman college courses using mathematics.

In reading a bit about this subject, in seems that although there are many sincere and intelligent people on both sides of the debate, in the end it comes down to building curricula based on the best evidence of what works. As Stotsky suggests, a part of the problem with our ed schools is that they tend to produce only research which supports the researchers' own preconceptions. One supposes that part of the reason for this is that doing large-scale scientific studies has become so expensive. Nonetheless, if our ed schools wish to remain at all relevant they need to begin to hold themselves to higher evidentiary standards.

Mathematical Deceptions

Peter Wood

A University of Illinois-Chicago professor of math education reminisces about his efforts to radicalize eighth-grade math students.

Social Changelings

Ashley Thorne

Little PC men are coming after the hard sciences.