Today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.


  1. #1 Colin
    May 19, 2010

    I stumbled across Dan’s work ( through another standards-based grading advocate Shawn Cornally (

    [I am neither of these authors and I’m not randomly plugging sites.]

    I have found their sites and thoughts rather interesting. These sites have explained — in much better words than I can do — on why I was so frustrated with both high school and college classes (particularly undergraduate). Having sat through 10 credits of calculus-based physics makes me want to scream, now, at just how crappy they were and how little long-term understanding I pulled out of them for the goal was not what Dan & Shawn & other SBG-advocates, uh, advocate.

    I hope to see education move in their direction.