CCs tackle ‘overmathing’

Faced with huge remedial math enrollments — and low success rates — some community colleges are reducing math requirements for non-STEM majors to avoid “overmathing.” Others are trying Carnegie’s alternative pathways, which focus on statistics and quantitative reasoning rather than the traditional algebra-to-calculus track.

Here’s how to avoid remedial math.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON January 29, 2012

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Autif Kamal

Why is there so much of an emphasis on math? Without knowing what path a student will pursue, it can be a waste of a student’s time to require them take a level of math that they won’t need. Not everyone will have any use in knowing how to use a quadratic formula or the circumference of a circle. Some people might have a use in knowing that information, but certainly not everyone.

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