The return of fall is the return of “homework season” at my house – the time when I get to wrestle with the math work alongside my daughters. 😊
My return to the world of story problems has reminded me how much math has shaped how I think and solve problems beyond building budgets or even calculating the tip at a restaurant. Math has given me essential tools for organizing and evaluating information, making and questioning assumptions, and showing my work.
That’s why I am excited for our K-12 colleagues, who recently announced their plans to deepen their work in math education so that more students experience math as engaging and relevant to their lives, whether they plan to pursue STEM careers or any other. Keep reading for more on that below.
I am also excited for the opportunities to connect their work with the work we have been doing in postsecondary education and in our pathways strategy to make math a gateway rather than a gatekeeper for students. Our partners at Strong Start to Finish and Every Learner Everywhere have made great strides in redesigning developmental education and strengthening digital teaching and learning, all with an explicit focus on math. It was no accident that Introductory Statistics was one of the first courses selected for our “best in class” courseware portfolio. In an ever-changing labor market, one that increasingly requires workers to be able to make sense and use of statistics, apply data in numerous ways, and consistently display critical-thinking and reasoning skills, students need a range of math skills to be successful in their education and career goals.
The challenge ahead of us is to ensure that our collective efforts are aligned so that students have clear and rigorous math pathways to and through education after high school. My challenge to each of you is to think about the ways that math shapes the work you do and highlight those for your students, because in the end, we all have the capability to be “math people.”
Director, Postsecondary Success