Education: Low-Tech Teaching Blues

Crisis in the math and science classrooms

Numbers define the story of how poorly math and science are taught in U.S. high schools. Fewer than 240,000 U.S. high school students take any calculus at all, while at least 20 times as many teen-agers in the Soviet Union study the subject for two years. American youngsters take eight or nine years of basic arithmetic; in most European countries, the same material is covered in two-thirds the time. One-third of the math and science teachers in California high schools did not graduate with even a college...

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