Are We Underestimating the Math Powers of Our Youngest Students?

10 Apr

Research on Children and Math: Underestimated and Unchallenged
via MindShift

We hear a lot about how American students lag behind their international peers academically, especially in subjects like math. In the most recent Program for International Student Assessment, commonly known as PISA, students in the United States ranked 26th out of 34 countries in mathematics. On the surface, it would seem that we’re a nation of math dullards; simply no good at the subject. But a spate of new research suggests that we may be underestimating our students, especially the youngest ones, in terms of their ability to think about numbers.

.snote: sigh… while I totally agree that American kids are deprived of fun, challenging math and grow up hating the math taught in school (and I’m not thinking only youngest kindergartners), almost all math talks I hear are about number ability…


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