What Can We Learn From Countries That Effectively Teach Math?

KQED, MindShift, Dec 19, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This report accords with my own sense of the matter. "In every country, the memorizers turned out to be the lowest achievers, and countries with high numbers of them—the U.S. was in the top third—also had the highest proportion of teens doing poorly on the PISA math assessment." By turning math lessons into rote exercises, administrators not only weaken math scores, they also effectively increase inequality.

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