The Math Myth: And Other Stem Delusions Audiobook, by Andrew Hacker Play Audiobook Sample

The Math Myth: And Other Stem Delusions Audiobook

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Read By: Barry Press Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781515977155

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44:05 minutes

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27:38 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

34:20 minutes

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Andrew Hacker’s 2012 New York Times op-ed questioning the requirement of advanced mathematics in our schools instantly became one of the paper’s most widely circulated articles. Why, he wondered, do we inflict a full menu of mathematics on all young Americans, regardless of their interests or aptitudes? The Math Myth expands Hacker’s scrutiny of many widely held assumptions, like the notions that mathematics broadens our minds and that the entire Common Core syllabus should be required of every student. He worries that a frenzied emphasis on STEM is diverting attention from other pursuits and subverting the spirit of the country. In fact, Hacker honors mathematics as a calling (he has been a professor of mathematics) and extols its glories and its goals. Yet he shows how mandating it for everyone prevents other talents from being developed and acts as an irrational barrier to graduation and careers. He proposes alternatives, including teaching facility with figures, quantitative reasoning, and understanding statistics.

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About Andrew Hacker

Andrew Hacker is a bestselling author of several books tackling complex issues such as equality, government, and higher education. A long-time professor, he taught at Cornell University for years before joining the staff at Queens College. Hacker has published numerous textbooks and trade books and is also a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other literary publications. 

About Barry Press

Barry Press has been an active professional actor, director, and teacher for over thirty-five years. He has performed off Broadway and at numerous regional theaters from Alaska to Florida. He is founder and artistic director of Living Literature, a Rhode Island–based literacy program.