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What Are Some of the Potential Problems of the Various “New Math” Techniques Being Taught in Some American Schools?


by R. James Milgram — July 23, 2007

I give a brief history of the new math, and then discuss two of the topics introduced into the K-12 curriculum from the new math, problem solving as a separate part of instruction, and the introduction of foundational rules for arithmetic, the associative, commutative, and distributive laws, early in instruction. I indicate the serious problems with their implementation currently.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 23, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14560, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 11:31:02 PM

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  • R. Milgram
    Stanford University
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    R. JAMES MILGRAM, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University, is a member of the National Board for Education Science that oversees the IES at the U.S. Department of Education, and also a member of the NASA Advisory Council. On these boards his focus is on mathematics and science education in K-16 and how it can be improved.
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