Mathematics for Everyone

September 1, 2011

Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford have a very stimulating piece in today’s New York Times about “How to Fix Our Math Education.”

Here’s the basic proposition:

Imagine replacing the sequence of algebra, geometry and calculus with a sequence of finance, data and basic engineering. In the finance course, students would learn the exponential function, use formulas in spreadsheets and study the budgets of people, companies and governments.

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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