In the meantime, it’s probably a good idea to give students multiple math pathways toward high school and college graduationsome less challenging than others. If we don’t, we’ll be punishing kids for the failures of an entire system.”
The Math Myth is a worthwhile read, even if you are among the educators who become apoplectic at the suggestion that students shouldn’t have to grapple with polynomial functions.”
National Book Review
Not one to decelerate, at 86 [Hacker] is doing nothing less than taking on the mathosphere.”
New York Times Education Life
Hacker's accessible arguments offer plenty to think about and should serve as a clarion call to students, parents, and educators who decry the one-size-fits-all approach to schooling.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A lively argument against the assumption that if the United States is to stay competitive in a global economy, our students require advanced training in mathematics.”
The Math Myth persuasively and satisfyingly debunks assertions about the practical value of requiring all students to master higher-level mathematicsand also points up the real harm caused by the Common Core standards and college-admission exams, which are constructed on those dubious claims. In a friendly and accessible style, Hacker, himself no slouch in terms of quantitative expertise, systematically demolishes every argument used to support the advanced-math-for-all position. His book is now my go-to resource on this topic.”
Alfie Kohn, author of Schooling Beyond Measure and The Homework Myth
The Math Myth is an important book. Hacker demolishes some totally unrealistic policies that will prevent many students from ever receiving a high school diploma and leading useful lives.”
Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error and The Death and Life of the Great American School System
The Math Myth vividly demonstrates that America’s uncritical celebration of school mathematics does a disservice to students, institutions of learning, and the wide array of urgent public needs. His book is important and timelyand a great read.”
Howard Gardner, Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The Unschooled Mind
I love every single word and idea. Andrew Hacker may make some enemies, but truth is truth!”
Debora Meier, author of In Schools We Trust and The Power of Their Ideas
Andrew Hacker exposes the inconvenient truth that the majority of college students will never need to use quadratic equations in their majors and even fewer will ever need them on the job. Hacker shows convincingly that our current math curriculum has become too much of a good thingan artificial barrier to the deeper learning at the heart of true vocations.”
Anthony Carnevale, Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Praise for Mismatch:
"Few people writing today for a general audience can make more sense of numbers."
The Wall Street Journal
Praise for Money:
"A political scientist doing with statistics what Fred Astaire did with hats, canes, and chairs He doesn't crunch numbers, he makes them live and breathe."
Praise for Two Nations:
"His insights into the racial wounds that refuse to close are searing, and urgently need to be addressed."
"Witty at times and searingly direct."
Praise for Higher Education?:
"Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus have written a lucid, passionate and wide-ranging book on the state of American higher education."
The New York Times