The MAA hopes to help encourage and facilitate constructive discourse between mathematicians and mathematics educators in order to seek common ground in their mutual efforts to improve K-12 mathematics teaching and learning. The success of two pilot meetings (one at NSF in December 2004 and a second at the MAA offices in June 2005) with two mathematicians (R. James Milgram and Wilfried Schmid), three mathematics educators (Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Jeremy Kilpatrick) and a moderator from the business community (Richard Schaar) demonstrated that such common ground does exist among individuals who are thought to be strongly aligned with different sides in what has come to be known as the ‘Math Wars.’
groups have met with similar intentions of
focusing serious effort on what is essential in the K-12 mathematics
and how best to achieve some level of consensus between various
We expect further articles and reports will become available that help
mathematical community participate more effectively in guiding our
towards providing students with the skills they need to succeed, both
education and the workplace.
This site will serve as a repository for documents resulting from these efforts.
Common Ground Report, June 2005