ERIC Number: ED406130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Equity and Excellence in the Mathematical Sciences: A Challenge to America.
Anderson, Beverly J.
This speech addressed the issue of educating minorities in the mathematical sciences. The speech is based on six regional workshops, and the national convocation of the Mathematical Sciences Foundation Board (MSEB). The introduction establishes the need for all students to become involved in the area of mathematics, and particularly minority students that have been historically disenfranchised in mathematics, if the United States is to successfully respond to future employment needs. This is followed by a challenge and a vision. The challenge is for America to not rely on drawing mathematicians from outside the country, but to develop the necessary human resources from within the country, especially from within the minority groups. Statistics examining the problem of underachievement and underrepresentation of minorities are examined and the impact of reports calling for mathematics education reform by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the MSEB are discussed. A vision of mathematics education created around the NCTM's "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards," with teachers setting high expectations for minority students is then described. Students would be required to take mathematics every year until graduation. Colleges would create programs to strengthen and retain minority students in mathematics supported by professional organizations working collaboratively with funding agencies. Government agencies would invest more resources in teacher preparation and enhancement. The speech concludes with the assertion that America will ultimately benefit from providing quality mathematics education to minority students. (MDH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A