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Curriculum and the Cold War

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Science  23 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6220, pp. 380
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa1471

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Spurred by concerns that the American education system was failing to keep pace with the Soviets after the "Sputnik crisis" of the late 1950s, a dramatic change occurred in the mathematics that was taught in American schools in the 1960s. This "new math", as it was known, was controversial from the start and ultimately short-lived. Jeremy Kilpatrick takes a second look at this contentious era in a review of The New Math: A Political History.