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By the Numbers: Math Anathema

The experts (and most kids) declare U.S. math education “broken.”

May 23, 2008

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Eighty-four percentof kids would rather take out thetrash, cleantheir rooms, or go to the dentistthan do their math homework.

One complaint: Math textbooks cover too many topics without enough depth.

The finding bythe NationalMathematicsAdvisory Paneldeclared matheducation in the United States "broken"and called on schools to focus on teachingfundamental math skills that provide theunderpinning for success in high tech jobs.

The panelsaid thatstudentsmust beable toadd and subtractwhole numbersby the end ofthird grade andbe skilled atadding andsubtractingfractions anddecimals by theend of fifth grade.

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