Understanding the Current Condition: Mathematics in America

Andrew Elizalde June 21, 2013

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2013


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.


Classical Education Curriculum Mathematics Pedagogy


Andrew Elizalde
Andrew Elizalde earned a B.A. degree at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a mathematics major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf Award as the most outstanding graduate of the school’s mathematics program. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools as well as private tutoring in subjects ranging from elementary mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. Andrew is currently Dean of Academics, at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. Andrew also regularly offers consulting services to Classical schools. Andrew and his wife, Brooke, have three daughters.

Other Contributions by Andrew Elizalde

Making Mathematics Memorable

Article - SCL Conference 2015

Proof Writing Across the Curriculum

Article - SCL Conference 2014

The Grammar of Mathematics

Article - SCL Conference 2013

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