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Just Equations' fourth annual Mathematics of Opportunity conference featured Harvey Mudd College professor and PBS “NOVA Wonders” co-host Talithia Williams, speaking on Power in Numbers: Unveiling Hidden Figures.
Though this claim is sometimes a red herring, given that the traditional math sequences have served relatively few students well, the valid fear of creating an alternate “separate but equal” route through math provides an important caution: Don’t use new math pathways to exacerbate inequity in STEM. Rather, use the existence of more options to draw more students into the math courses that match their inter...
In a commentary for EdSource, Executive Director Pamela Burdman calls for ensuring routes to STEM fields for historically excluded students, while also making other rigorous math courses available in high school, to allow students to deepen quantitative skills in relevant ways. The debate over California’s math framework, with its myopic focus on which advanced math courses are best for students, glosses over the glaring fact that the majority of California seniors take no advanced math course at all, she notes.
In an op-ed for the Hechinger Report, Veronica Anderson, co-author of Just Equations' report “A New Calculus for College Admissions,” notes how entrenched beliefs about calculus as a sign of rigor can still play a significant role in admissions. She argues that there are other routes, including statistics and data science, for high school students to gain the quantitative reasoning skills that prepare them for college and the workplace.
EdSource quotes Just Equations Founder and CEO Pamela Burdman on the race to calculus and the viability of alternate math pathways in this article on California’s revised math frameworks, which have an important focus on advancing math equity and expanding math courses to reflect the use of mathematics in the 21st century.
In an op-ed for Scientific American, Just Equations Executive Director Pamela Burdman highlights how making math science central to math education can be a strategy to increase diversity in STEM fields, by ensuring that courses such as Calculus “warm up” rather than “weed out” students.
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