ERIC Number: ED417939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-8
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The State of Mathematics Education: Building a Strong Foundation for the 21st Century.
Riley, Richard W.
This speech, presented by the U.S. Secretary of Education, speaks to mathematics educators about the need to reach for high standards of learning in mathematics as an ever more important part of preparing students for an increasingly complex global economy. One of the major concerns is increased polarization and dissension about how mathematics is taught. Energy employed in these battles should be spent on a crusade for excellence in mathematics for every student. Such a crusade should include building a culture of learning. This involves raising standards of teaching and learning in elementary through secondary schools, particularly in the middle school years when American students begin to lag behind students in other countries; developing a voluntary national test in eighth grade mathematics; and making sure that mathematics teachers have the training and commitment to teach mathematics well and understand how to blend different teaching approaches. Changes in teacher education are also necessary. For example, courses in schools of education must be redesigned to focus on the rigorous mathematical content that is tied to the content that teachers will teach. Further, more partnerships should be forged between educational institutions, teachers, technology centers, and other community sources of learning. (PVD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Preparation, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Teacher Qualifications, Values
Paper downloaded from http://www.ed.gov/Speeches
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study