Data science and statistical reasoning must be part of what all students learn
The calculator has replaced the slide rule. Latin is rarely offered in high school. Sentence diagramming has disappeared from most English classes.
Academic disciplines continually evolve to reflect the latest culture and technology. Why, then, are recent attempts to tinker with the high school math canon eliciting such a backlash? Students deserve a chance to learn up-to-date topics that reflect how mathematics is being used in many fields and industries.
Read more of Pamela Burdman's (executive director of Just Equations, a California-based policy institute focused on the role of mathematics in education equity) Op-ed in The Hechinger Report here.