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Are national math standards a solvable problem?

California battles over math standards
California battles over math standards
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Tasked with creating a national standard for public education the National Governor’s Association enlisted educators and experts. Those in favor believe that the standards will increase academic proficiency and better prepare students for college while those opposed believe that the standards are not only too low but absolutely obtuse. Here in California the tension has multiplied over math. Before the window for public comment closes on national education standards we discuss the great divide also known as California’s math wars.


Ze’ev Wurman, a Palo Alto high-tech executive and former advisor to the U.S. Department of Education

James Milgram, professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford & a member of the National Board for Education Sciences