How to Fix Our Math Education

SOL GARFUNKEL and DAVID MUMFORD August 24, 2011 The New York Times Opinion Pages

In math, what we need is “quantitative literacy,” the ability to make quantitative connections whenever life requires (as when we are confronted with conflicting medical test results but need to decide whether to undergo a further procedure) and “mathematical modeling,” the ability to move practically between everyday problems and mathematical formulations (as when we decide whether it is better to buy or lease a new car).