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Understanding the Current Condition: Mathematics in America

An overview will be given of recent changes in mathematics curriculum and pedagogy. Then findings of recent international studies on mathematics education will be summarized with
a particular focus on explanations for the ongoing mediocrity of students performance in mathematics in America. Opportunities for refinement and/or reform of current practices will be identified thereby setting the context for a discussion about a distinctly Christian and classical pedagogy. Also included in this session will be an interaction with Paul Lockhart’s work, A Mathematician’s Lament.