University of Southern Maine (USM) Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Jeannine Diddle Uzzi has written an article about rethinking the way math is taught on college campuses.
In, “We Should Teach Math Like It's a Language,” Uzzi argues the high number of newly-admitted students forced to take remedial, not-for-credit math courses when they first arrive at college inhibits their ability to obtain a degree.
Instead of focusing on what constitutes “college-level” math, Uzzi says, faculty should consider the skill level of the student — and focus on building a better foundation of mathematical skills, as one would do teaching Latin.
“No one would deny that students wishing to become physicists must master calculus,” the provost writes, “but we must shift our narrative from one that labels students ‘deficient’ on the basis of arbitrary grade-level designations.”
Read the full article in Education Week.