For 20-odd years, mathematicians, parents, and teachers have been arguing over the best way to teach your children math. Well, a national panel formed by President Bush two years ago has just issued its findings, and is pushing schools to go back to the basics — memorization, multiplication tables, and less so-called "fuzzy math."
This hour, On Point: we ask experts if it all adds up -- and with their help, we do your kids' math homework.
- John Hechinger, education reporter for The Wall Street Journal
- Mary Eich, a former math teacher, she is the K-8 math coordinator for the Newton, Massachusetts, public schools
- Wilfried Schmid, professor of mathematics at Harvard University and a member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, which recently released its report
- Joseph Rosenstein, professor of mathematics at Rutgers University and director of the New Jersey Mathematics and Science Education Coalition
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