The Math Myth

And Other STEM Delusions
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Author(s): Andrew Hacker
Original Publish Date: May 25, 2010
Product Number: EB00668209
Released: Apr 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781620970690
Publisher: The New Press
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Description

A New York Times–bestselling author looks at mathematics education in America—when it's worthwhile, and when it's not. Why do we inflict a full menu of mathematics—algebra, geometry, trigonometry, even calculus—on all young Americans, regardless of their interests or aptitudes? While Andrew Hacker has been a professor of mathematics himself, and extols the glories of the subject, he also questions some widely held assumptions in this thought-provoking and practical-minded book. Does advanced math really broaden our minds? Is mastery of azimuths and asymptotes needed for success in most jobs? Should the entire Common Core syllabus be required of every student? Hacker worries that our nation's current frenzied emphasis on STEM is diverting attention from other pursuits and even subverting the spirit of the country. Here, he shows how mandating math for everyone prevents other talents from being developed and acts as an irrational barrier to graduation and careers. He proposes alternatives, including teaching facility with figures, quantitative reasoning, and understanding statistics. Expanding upon the author's viral New York Times op-ed, The Math Myth is sure to spark a heated and needed national conversation—not just about mathematics but about the kind of people and society we want to be. "Hacker's accessible arguments offer plenty to think about and should serve as a clarion call to students, parents, and educators who decry the one-size-fits-all approach to schooling." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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CD
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Author(s): Andrew Hacker
Narrator(s): Barry Press
Product Number DD25974
Released: May 31, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781515907152
eAudio
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Author(s): Andrew Hacker
Narrator(s): Barry Press
Product Number Z100116787
Released: May 31, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781515927150