Five of my favorite articles from the last month.
- Daniel Willingham argued in the Los Angeles Times that math specialists should teach children math in elementary school instead of elementary teachers. (A thread of unhappy math specialists and elementary teachers on Twitter.) Fawn Nguyen cements herself as the bard of the classroom teaching experience with Serenity Prayer (and Teaching) in which she describes what teachers can and can’t change about their circumstances.
- Ben Orlin interviews Matt Enlow about his lined paper from another dimension, an art and math project that may transport you into a skewed version of your childhood in school.
- Gallup surveyed teachers and students on Creativity in Learning, revealing several disagreements about how often they think students memorize facts, apply their learning to the real world, and discuss topics with no right or wrong answer.
- Maya Kosoff writes Big Calculator: How Texas Instruments Monopolized Math Class, another critical examination of TI’s profit margins and their effect on working class families. (My thread about the article.) Very related: Desmos is now permitted on the Texas end-of-course exam.