Mediocre Performance by Future Math Teachers

April 15, 2010

Future middle school mathematics teachers in the United States are less likely than their counterparts in several other countries with advanced education systems to have taken advanced courses like linear algebra and calculus, according to an international comparison that will be released today, The New York Times reported. The study looks at future mathematics teachers in elementary and middle schools, and raises questions about the impact of the middle school teachers' levels of preparation on long-term efforts to attract more talent to math and science fields.

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