A new battle is brewing in the world of education: the math wars. On one side are those who believe that students need to learn to love math and see themselves as math people. On the other side are those who believe that students need a strong foundation in basic math skills before moving on to more complex concepts.
The debate is reminiscent of the reading wars, which were fought over the best way to teach children to read. Like the reading wars, the math wars are rooted in different beliefs about the best way to teach children the subject.
Those who support the new math framework argue that it is more engaging and relevant to students' lives. They also say that it helps students develop critical thinking skills. Those who oppose the new framework argue that it is too abstract and does not adequately prepare students for higher-level math courses.
The debate is still in its early stages, and there is no clear consensus on which side is right. However, it is clear that the math wars are a serious issue that has the potential to impact the education of millions of students.
Picture: Kids playing MATHnimals (Arcanys Early Learning Foundation)