NCTM President: Why Teach Mathematics?

Dr. Matt Larson
Dr. Matt Larson

From NCTM President Matthew Larson
February 2018
As a teacher of mathematics, you have no doubt had multiple students ask what is actually a very complicated question: “Why do I have to learn this?”... But the student “why?” question raises an equally important, but less often-asked question: “Why do we teach math?”

Francis Su, past president of the Mathematical Association of America, has argued that this is a very important question because how we answer it strongly influences who we think should do mathematics and how we will teach it."

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