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From STEM To STEW: Finally Fixing Math Education By Turning It Upside Down presents a detailed plan to replace weak with great math education. The “fix” is found at the intersection of noted psychology, modern technology, and rigorous mathematics. However, before readers can understand and appreciate the proposal, they need an extensive foundation because they are typically only familiar with their own math education or that of their children. From STEM To STEW covers over a century of such background from hundreds of references—experts and reports, showing in many instances that little has changed. Topics include the importance of quality math for societal wellness and national security, the national test (NAEP), the international tests (TIMSS and PISA), work done by numerous U.S. Presidents, prior reform attempts such as New Math and Common Core, fifty obstacles to finding the “fix,” and the features of an ideal math curriculum.
The author’s father (standing left) is seen with Max Beberman (standing right and pointing), founder and leader of the University of Illinois Committee on School Mathematics (UICSM) , one of the leading Sputnik New Math groups. The photo was taken at the University of Illinois in the late 1950s.