The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions by Andrew Hacker

Jun 29, 2016, 05:41 AM

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The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions by Andrew Hacker

“Hacker's accessible arguments offer plenty to think about and should serve as a clarion call to students, parents, and educators who decry the one-size-fits-all approach to schooling.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A lively argument against the assumption that if the United States is to stay competitive in a global economy, our students require advanced training in mathematics.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The Math Myth persuasively and satisfyingly debunks assertions about the practical value of requiring all students to master higher-level mathematics—and also points up the real harm caused by the Common Core standards and college-admission exams, which are constructed on those dubious claims. In a friendly and accessible style, Hacker, himself no slouch in terms of quantitative expertise, systematically demolishes every argument used to support the advanced-math-for-all position. His book is now my go-to resource on this topic.” —Alfie Kohn, author of Schooling Beyond Measure and The Homework Myth

“The Math Myth is an important book. Hacker demolishes some totally unrealistic policies that will prevent many students from ever receiving a high school diploma and leading useful lives.” —Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error and The Death and Life of the Great American School System

“The Math Myth vividly demonstrates that America’s uncritical celebration of school mathematics does a disservice to students, institutions of learning, and the wide array of urgent public needs. His book is important and timely—and a great read.” —Howard Gardner, Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The Unschooled Mind