FAQs

Q. What if I like the spirit of the enterprise but differ with regard to substance or emphasis in one of more of the planks?
Q. How do your efforts relate to those of the national math panel, the NSB STEM action plan, etc?
Q. I am not from the U.S. is there room for me in Math is More?
Q. I like the thrust of what I’ve read so far, but what exactly is Math is More?
Q. What is my role in Math is More?

 

 

 

 

Q. What if I like the spirit of the enterprise but differ with regard to substance or emphasis in one of more of the planks?

A. Join us! This is a democratic group. It may be that we failed to express ourselves adequately. If there are differences, we welcome dialogue among people who are seriously committed to the improvement of mathematics education.

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Q. How do your efforts relate to those of the national math panel, the NSB STEM action plan, etc?

A. We strongly support the goals of those groups working to strengthen  mathematics education in the U.S. Math is More is intended to be a  mechanism for motivating and harnessing the energies, nationwide, of  many broad constituencies with the same goals.

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Q. I am not from the U.S. is there room for me in Math is More?

A. Absolutely. While we are a U.S. based group, we understand that the problems of mathematics education are worldwide. We can all learn from one another.

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Q. I like the thrust of what I’ve read so far, but what exactly is Math is More?

A. At this point there is no complete answer. The word 'planks' describes a set of goals because the analogy to a political platform seems right - those planks delineate a set of core beliefs. People will differ about the importance of specific planks, and will sometimes disagree with individual planks. That's not a problem: the goal is to motivate and engage the large number of people necessary to produce truly beneficial change in the nation's mathematics education system, along the general lines outlined in the Math is More planks. Details are important and will be worked out over time, but what is essential is the overall direction of the enterprise.

The domains (curriculum, testing, teacher training, pedagogical methods, etc.) for improving the climate for mathematics education are broad and complex. Few will be masters of them all. Math is More is intended to bring together people with expertise and ideas to share their expertise and passion, united by a desire to improve the mathematics education system for our children's benefit.

A great deal needs to be done in order to move from the general statements in the planks to a course of direct action, policy or legislation. A large grassroots effort is required to make this kind of change. So, the goal is to build consensus - not in the sense of common ground or, worse, least common ground, but the kind of consensus that emerges from debate among people of similar beliefs and good faith. Like any grass-roots effort, Math is More will be self-organizing, with the initial group playing a catalytic role.

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Q. What is my role in Math is More?

A. You can start by signing on; indicating a general philosophical agreement with the Math is More planks. Then provide:

  • a description of your expertise, and planks you'd like to contribute to;
  • ideas you believe should be explored.

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