a National Math Advisory Panelist who is the 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality with the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas

http://www.nwanews.com/nwat/Editorial/73491/

from the article:

Even where Wagner does use research,

**it's not clear that we can trust what he reports as fact.**On page 92, to discredit attempts to increase the number of high school students studying algebra and advanced mathematics courses, he refers to a "study" of MIT graduates that

**he claims found only a few mentioning anything "more than arithmetic, statistics and probability" as useful to their work.**Curious, I checked out the "study" using the URL provided in an end note for Chapter 3.

**It consisted of 17, yes 17, MIT graduates, and, according to my count, 11 of the 17 explicitly mentioned linear algebra, trig, proofs and/ or calculus, or other advanced mathematics courses as vital to their work -**Perhaps exposure to higher mathematics is not the worst problem facing American students!

*exactly the opposite of what Wagner reports!*
## 1 comment:

Yes, liars get rich and kids grow up poor. Next time the NSF pays colleges to do educational research, perhaps they will do better audits. Its a bit like Madoff - for five years the SEC was alerted and no one lifted a finger to stop an obvious Ponzi scheme. The first thing that needs to be done is clean up the government. School was a disaster ten years ago - it won't be fixed in our lifetimes.

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