Why is math taught differently in school today? What is wrong with the way we learned it twenty years ago?

My answer to a question on Quora: Why is math taught differently in school today? What is wrong with the way we learned it twenty years ago?

New technological and economic environment requires a different set of mathematical skills, and taught differently, and — this is the big unmentionable — taught to much smaller number of students. What we see are death throes of the existing system of mathematics education. Politicians are keen to keep the old system of mathematics education for everyone, and for good reason — this is what their electorate expects from them. This is why there is so much confusion of what, and now, has to be taught at school – in absence of clear economic criteria, anything goes. I heard statements, made by professional mathematics educationalist at meetings at the Department of Education, of the kind: “Why school curriculum should contain fractions? Who of people present here had lately add 3/4 and 7/5? Read more in my papers Mathematics for makers and mathematics for users and Calling a spade a spade: Mathematics in the new pattern of division of labour.

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