Thursday, November 26, 2009

Majoring in Math

EdWeek has an article on this. It's behind a login portal, but they made it available for a while.

Essentially, they argue that the value of a math major for middle teaching is small but noticeable. I'm not surprised that there isn't much benefit. People who enjoy math enough to major in it are not usually the ones who can deal with teaching kids how to add fractions. They are also VERY unable to deal with other teachers who insist on using calculators instead of teaching long division.

What we need, however, are elementary and middle school teachers who are capable of doing higher level math and who understand what's going on.

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