A Brief History of the Mathematics Curricula in the United States

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Taylor Cooper (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
Susan Hanby

Abstract: This paper provides a historical overview of how the mathematics curricula has evolved from Colonial times to modern-day America. This paper offers a historical perspective of how math has been taught and how historical events, such as the Great Depression and World War II, affected mathematics education in the United States. It also discusses how the value of math education has changed and how different views of mathematics affected what was taught in the classroom. Government legislation and its effects, both positive and negative, are also addressed. The purpose of this paper is not to critique the way that math has been taught, but rather to provide valuable insight into the development of mathematics education and its dynamic nature.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2017
mathematics education, curricula, progressivism, Math Wars, New Math, compulsory education laws, NCTM Standards, No Child Left Behind, Common Core, Race to the Top

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