Q&A About the Math Wars

Q: What’s your view on California’s new proposed math curriculum? There was a long article in NYT.

A: I’d have to look into it more. Heavy on stats? For years I subscribed to math-teach, a publicly archived listserv hosted at the Math Forum (mathforum dot org), which started at Swarthmore, then Drexel, then NCTM.

We had grumpy Dr. Wayne Bishop, self appointed crusader from California, many other characters (me one of them). We called it the Math Wars, which I actually consider a sign of high civilization i.e. debating about math pedagogy / andragogy (methods)…