Mathematical Sanity...We All Need It!
Twenty-five years ago, I did not hear discussions about the issue of mathematical sanity...but now, we even have a web site devoted to it. The reason....one perhaps would assume that evidence of mathematical insanity has surfaced! Unfortunately, it has....but things are not that clear-cut or logical.
The site offers an analysis of the current issues in mathematics education reform,such as:
Everyone knows (if someone doesn't, I doubt they are reading this web site) that mathematics education has become a battle ground of sorts...with people--teachers, administrators, parents, students, media, government leaders, textbooks, websites, YouTube videos, etc.--taking sides and drawing lines in the sand. And unfortunately, these lines often act like walls blocking communication, understanding, and compromise.
One web site that offers a significant amount of material...without getting vocal or issuing ultimatums is Mathematically Sane. The site's goal is to provide both current information and a forum about mathematics education reform...and thereby promote sanity as part of the decision process.
The site offers evidence of effective mathematics education reform, both research results and case studies:
- What's the controversy?
- What are some of the big issues?
- Which textbooks are good?
- What about testing?
- What are mathematicians saying?
The site offers resources to support reform-minded mathematics educators:
Helpful articles that can be copied
A speaker's kit
Summaries of reform documents and research studies
The site provides useful information in a sane way...it does not provoke confrontation, call others names, or promote discord. Rather, it promotes mathematical sanity....um...there should be a web site by that name.
- Research on reform curricula
- Analysis of the research
- Success stories