What is the difference between loving math and being scared of it? Intelligence? The right way of thinking? Sheer nerdiness? Research indicates that almost anyone can understand up through undergraduate level math, so why is it the most frequently failed secondary school subject? In an education system where almost no elementary or middle school teachers hold math degrees, where curriculum committees pick literature for student appeal but math textbooks for standardized tests, it is clear that change is necessary.
Come to dinner in Frank Blue Room on Thursday for a discussion of why K-12 math education fails to inspire generations of intelligent students, why this is a national problem, and what math education has the potential to become.
Arthur Benjamin, Mathemagician and Professor at Harvey Mudd College. Check out his TED talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_benjamin_s_formula_for_changing_math_education.html
Ami Radunskaya, Professor at Pomona College and Musician
Lisa Loop, Co-Director of Claremont Graduate University’s Teacher Education Program