19 October 2023
Brian Conrad unpacks California’s ‘math misadventure’
Brian Conrad, the director of undergraduate studies in mathematics at Stanford University, recently broke down the proposal to overhaul of California’s math curriculum in an article for the Atlantic. After reading the entire 1,000-page framework, Conrad criticized what he described as the document’s reliance on questionable research and challenged its recommendations to do away with middle school algebra and introduce “data science” as an alternative to traditional math. He warns that the proposal’s one-size-fits-all approach could limit career opportunities in quantitative fields and exacerbate educational inequities.