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ERIC Number: EJ1008228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Solving America's Math Problem
Vigdor, Jacob
Education Next, v13 n1 Win 2013
Concern about students' math achievement is nothing new, and debates about the mathematical training of the nation's youth date back a century or more. In the early 20th century, American high-school students were starkly divided, with rigorous math courses restricted to a college-bound elite. At midcentury, the "new math" movement sought, unsuccessfully, to bring rigor to the masses, and subsequent egalitarian impulses led to new reforms that promised to improve the skills of lower-performing students. America's lagging mathematics performance reflects a basic failure to understand the benefits of adapting the curriculum to meet the varying instructional needs of students. Recently published results from policies such as Chicago's "double dose" of algebra, which groups students homogeneously and increases instructional time for lower-skilled math students, support differentiation as the best way to promote higher achievement among all students. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A