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August 2022
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Modern Math Content

The Problem with Saying High School Math Shouldn’t Change

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Marcelo Almora Rios
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Is data science mathematical enough? Is it really math? Shouldn’t it be taught as an elective or in a social science class? Doesn’t introducing students to data science interfere with them learning the mathematical canon? What is important to note is that arguing for the inclusion of data science in high school shouldn’t be misconstrued as an attack on mathematics itself. 
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August 2022
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Modern Math Content

The Problem with Saying High School Teachers Can’t Teach Data Science

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Shakiyya Bland
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CLAIM: High school teachers don’t know how to teach data science. FACTS: It is true that few high school teachers are well-versed in teaching data science. That is why investing in professional development is so important. If a lack of teaching experience were dispositive, curriculum would never change. While it may be an important consideration when talking about implementing data science courses....
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August 2022
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Modern Math Content

The Problem with Saying Data Science Education Isn’t Rigorous

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Pamela Burdman
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CLAIM: High school data science courses teach things like how to use spreadsheets, so they cannot be rigorous. FACTS: High school data science courses teach higher-order skills valued by colleges and employers, such as modeling with data, understanding probability, differentiating correlation from causation, reasoning with multiple variables, and programming in industry-standard languages.
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July 2022
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Modern Math Content

What Some Critiques of Data Science Education Get Wrong

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Pamela Burdman
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A math equation has a clear, correct answer. How to find that answer, on the other hand, is more flexible. It’s the creative journey in math that draws many to the subject and to STEM fields. One answer. Multiple possible approaches. Ironically, the debate around math curriculum is similar. 
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June 2022
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High School Math Policies

Building Consensus Around Foundational Mathematics

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Pamela Burdman
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Policy decisions about mathematics education need to be rooted in the purposes of teaching math. The reason math plays a central role in the K–12 curriculum and shows up in most college graduation requirements is not to ensure that every student will become a mathematician or enter math-intensive fields. It’s to develop mathematical reasoning skills that students need to understand their world
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