President Bush’s National Math Advisory Panel has released its final report and several Pulse Contributing Editors discuss the merits of the effort while none if surprised by the panel’s focus on "core math skills."
• Roger Schank, Ph.D. challenges many of the assumptions underlying the report.
• David Thornburg, Ph.D. takes issue with the panel chair’s comments about constructivism.
• Marvin Minsky, Ph.D. (via an external blog) explores why math is hard to learn.
• Gary Stager, Ph.D. discusses the likely harm caused by the report’s inauthentic recommendations.
• Math teacher, Michael Paul Goldenberg, wonders if anything is new.
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Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.