"Get Real!" Assessing for quantitative literacy

Wiggins, G.
New York TImes

The result of students' endless exposure to typical tests is a profound lack of understanding about what mathematics is:"Perhaps the greatest difficulty in the whole area of mathematics concerns students' misapprehension of what isactually at stake when they are posed a problem. . . . [S]tudents are nearly always searching for [how] to follow the algorithm. . . . Seeing mathematics as a way of understanding the world . . . is a rare occurrence."9 Surely this has more to do with enculturation via the demands of school, than with some innate limitation.10

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