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The Basic Subject: New Math and Its Discontents

Christopher J. Phillips

in The New Math: A Political History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226184968
eISBN:
9780226185019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226185019.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The final chapter examines critics of the new math. Challenging the traditional presumption that the new math failed primarily because of falling test scores, this chapter argues that the criticism ... More


The New Math: A Political History

Christopher J. Phillips

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226184968
eISBN:
9780226185019
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226185019.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The new math changed the way Americans think about mathematics. The mathematicians and teachers who designed the novel and controversial curriculum in the late 1950s--generously supported by the ... More


Introduction: The American Subject

Christopher J. Phillips

in The New Math: A Political History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226184968
eISBN:
9780226185019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226185019.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The first chapter introduces the new math by situating it in two different contexts. First, the chapter locates the novel materials within contemporary curricular reform efforts. Although many ... More


The Subject in the Classroom: The Selling of the New Math

Christopher J. Phillips

in The New Math: A Political History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226184968
eISBN:
9780226185019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226185019.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter shifts the focus from the design of model textbooks to the movement of actual textbooks from the drawing boards of university mathematicians to the desks of American schoolrooms in the ... More


The Subject in Itself: Arithmetic as Knowledge

Christopher J. Phillips

in The New Math: A Political History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226184968
eISBN:
9780226185019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226185019.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

During an era when the characteristics of “free” minds were opposed to those of “Soviet” or “closed” minds, it mattered how students learned to add. School Mathematics Study Group writers believed ... More


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