News of the WeekMATH EDUCATION

Academy Report Aims to Quiet Debate

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Science  02 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5505, pp. 808
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5505.808A

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A new report from the National Academy of Sciences ( on how children learn math calls for improving how the subject is taught in U.S. elementary and middle schools. Its message is deliberately crafted to quiet the raucous "math wars" by summarizing what researchers have learned about student and teacher competencies and suggesting how to assess their progress. Initial reaction suggests that it may succeed.