In a video jam-packed with facts, ConceptuaMath argues that America is facing a STEM crisis. To add to that, elementary and middle school students are failing “the most important STEM subject”: math.
Part of the reason is due to the overwhelming unpopularity of the subject. More kids would rather eat broccoli than do math homework. It’s also unpopular among teachers who find it difficult to deliver the necessary curriculum. This fosters an overall (and unacceptable) “math is hard!” attitude within the classroom.
Among the weapons against math aversion is interactive technology that will engage teachers and students alike by providing immediate feedback and real time assessments.
Watch the video for other possible answers to the problem. What solutions have you seen that provide a more fulfilling math education? Leave them in the ongoing discussion on Vialogues.
@00:13 DLales: STEM jobs account for over 50% of economic expansion in the US and yet STEM subjects get no love from students!!
@00:25 janicesunjoo: How did they determine math to be the most important STEM subject? How is that value even measured?
@02:04 fredrossoff: I wonder how much slack there is in the system. For most people, math is difficult and boring, and I doubt that will change on any large scale.
This article first appeared on New Learning Times on 2/5/2013