numeracy, quantitative literacy, quantitative reasoning, literacy, policy, management, teacher education, elementary education, secondary education, curriculum, post-secondary education
Two strategies are proposed for sorting out priorities and goals in education. At the college level the column argues that goals, and therefore requirements, should be set based on the desired knowledge base of the entire population rather than the individual. At the scale of a single K-12 classroom the column argues that priority be given to content requiring most instructor intervention, describing how the structure of class time and school activities would change as a result. Implementation of these strategies would lead to more efficient use of teacher’s time and effort, better allocation of systemic resources, and clarity of goals at the national level.
Wallace, Dorothy. "Parts of the Whole: Is Everything Equally Important?." Numeracy 2, Iss. 1 (2009): Article 7. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5038/1936-46188.8.131.52
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