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Curriculum reform is seldom a smooth process. There have been successes and failures in the road to reform. An example of a resounding failure was the 1960’s change to the national math curriculum. The curriculum was changed to one that incorporated elements of set theory and other abstract mathematical ideas while neglecting the basics of arithmetic. The focus was on finding the next generation of mathematicians rather than teaching the next generation of citizens. By 1971, when mathematician Morris Kline wrote “Why Johnny Can’t Add” criticizing “the New Math” the curriculum was widely recognized as a failure.
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