Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Edward C. Rathmell
Mathematics--Curricula--United States; Curriculum change--United States; Mathematics--Study and teaching--United States;
There is an ongoing battle in mathematics education, a battle sometimes so fierce that some people call it the "math wars". Americans have seen many changes and proposed changes in their educational system in the last fifty years, but few have stirred such debate, publicity, and criticism as have the changes in mathematics education. We will first look at the history of the math wars and take time to examine previous attempts to change mathematics education in America. Second, we will assess the more recent efforts in mathematics education reform. Lastly, we will make some predictions for the future of the math wars and the new directions mathematics education may take.
Date of Award
Department of Mathematics
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
1 PDF file (23 pages)
©1999 Raymond Johnson
Johnson, Raymond, "Math wars: The politics of curriculum" (1999). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 89.