Expert: Scrap "mile-wide, inch-deep" approach to boost U.S. kids' math skills

02/9/2006 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

In an interview on why American children lag behind the rest of the world in math skills, William Schmidt, executive director of an international math and science research center, blames low expectations, confusing curricula and teachers' weak math backgrounds. Unlike their foreign counterparts, which introduce fewer concepts in a more logical sequence, Schmidt says American schools attempt to teach too many topics at each grade level.

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