What is wrong with mathematics education?

by Perplexed 1 min read20th Mar 201156 comments


This guy says that the problem is that high-school math education is structured to prepare people to learn calculus in their freshman year of college.  But only a small minority of students ever takes calculus, and an even smaller minority ever uses it.  And not many people ever make much use of pre-calc subjects like algebra, trig, or analytic geometry.

Instead, high-school math should be structured to prepare people to learn statistics.  Probability and basic statistics, he argues, are not only more generally useful than calculus, they are also more fun.

I have to agree with him.  What do the people here think?