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May 2022
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High School Math Policies

More Thoughts on Updating Math Education for the 21st Century

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Pamela Burdman
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I have written about the importance of diversifying the STEM fields and ensuring that all students, particularly those from historically excluded groups, have the opportunity to pursue STEM careers. But doing so shouldn’t entail requiring every single student to take courses such as Precalculus and Calculus if they have no interest in STEM.
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April 2022
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College Math Requirements

STEM Opportunities in California’s New Era of Student Success

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Pamela Burdman
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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.
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March 2022
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Modern Math Content

Designing Effective Math Learning—With or Without the Math Department

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Pamela Burdman
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Fifty years ago, when university mathematics department chairs were surveyed about whether math should be a graduation requirement, only 15 percent said yes. Today, math requirements—sometimes referred to as “quantitative reasoning requirements”—are the norm at universities across the country.
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February 2022
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Math and College Admissions

College Admissions Can Support Innovations in Math Education

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Pamela Burdman
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Although today’s technology-rich environment has changed the way math is used in many fields, college admission still relies heavily on decades-old math expectations, viewing calculus on a transcript as a gold standard while slighting other rigorous math offerings.
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January 2022
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College Math Requirements

The Invisible Problem with College Precalculus

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Pamela Burdman
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College Calculus courses are widely-known as “weed-out” courses, and literature reviewed in Just Equations’ recent report—by myself, Melodie Baker and Francesca Henderson in partnership with the California Education Learning Lab—substantiates that reputation. But what can colleges do to better support students taking Calculus and pursuing an interest in STEM?
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