July 2021

A Rush to Calculus Leaves Some Students Behind in California

EdSource
A Rush to Calculus Leaves Some Students Behind in California

Just Equations Founder and CEO Pamela Burdman is quoted in EdSource on middle school math acceleration and the California Math Frameworks.

EDSOURCE—“The caution around accelerating students beginning in middle school to get to calculus is appropriate,” said Pamela Burdman, the founder of Just Equations, which researches and advocates for equitable math education opportunities. “What’s important to remember is that no one is trying to forbid students from taking calculus in high school.”

Burdman noted that the proposed framework does not eliminate calculus. She sees it as a chance for schools to increase their advanced math course offerings, like data science and statistics, and give students a more equal footing to take them.

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