Education: What's Wrong

No matter what kind of campus they came from, the experts seemed agreed: all is definitely not well with the U.S. high school. Last week at a conference in Chicago, some of the experts, with unusual bluntness, pointed out a few of the errors.

"The present high school curriculum in mathematics," said Howard F. Fehr of Columbia Teachers College, "is outmoded, oriented to 19th century mathematics and physics," and completely fails to relate what it teaches with the total structure of modern mathematics. "Any 17th century mathematician, reappearing upon earth today, could enter most...

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