The importance of linking math to the real world

08/25/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

There's not one comprehensive list of math skills all children must learn, and math education should be changed to reflect that reality, two math experts argue in this opinion piece. Replacing the traditional, abstract curriculum -- algebra, geometry, pre-calculus and calculus -- with applied math such as finance or engineering would better prepare most students for the real world, write Brown University emeritus math professor David Mumford and Sol Garfunkel, the executive director of the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.

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