March 7, 2023
Conference Session

Welcome & Keynote — The Mathematics of Merit: Impacts and Trajectories

Mathematical reasoning is essential to thrive in the contemporary world, whether professionally, personally, or civically. Using math as an arbitrary gatekeeper can actually interfere with the goal of expanding math learning. An overemphasis on high school calculus as an admissions screen is unfair to students whose schools don’t offer the course—plus, it deters students from pursuing other rigorous math options that may better match their interests. Just Equations executive director Pamela Burdman kicked off the conference and welcomed Akil Bello, a leading voice on college admissions, to explore how policies can better align with educational equity and deeper learning.

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