# Preparation for Higher Level Mathematics

The preparation of students for college,

it’s it’s changed in the past few years

largely because of the great acceleration of students in high school who are trying

to get into more and more advanced courses earlier and earlier, and one of the

things that we’ve seen as a real explosion in in calculus in in high school are to

the point now where where most of the students taking

calculus in college have already taken it in high school. Many more students start

calculus in high school than start it in college, and many

students are ready for this. That that’s fine for them, but what we do

see in college is a lot of students who’ve been rushing through earlier preparatory material so that by the time they get to calculus

at a college or university it’s not the calculus is such that they

have trouble with but they’re they’re lacking the foundation that they

need in order to succeed in that calculus I’m really excited about the Common Core

State Standards as an opportunity for more kids to take more and better

mathematics. In particular I’m really excited that more kids will have the opportunity to

get a solid foundation for taking calculus my experience both as a high school

calculus teacher and now working on the Advanced

Placement development committee for calculus has made it even more apparent to me that it’s really important that kids

have this grounding that they understand the key fundamental

ideas in mathematics before they embark on

calculus in the new Common Core State Standards

provide that opportunity and we’re excited because more and more

kids are taking calculus We just want to be sure that when

kids are taking calculus the really have the foundation that’s

necessary in order to do well to really understand so that

when they get to the University they’re not looking at their

mathematics professor wondering what they’re really talking

about because all they memorized were certain formulas and procedures there’s a strong national concern with

the the need to prepare more

engineers, to prepare more scientists, to prepare more students who are

mathematically literate who can work on the large databases that

we’ve got, the big computing issues that we’ve got so we need a lot more young people with a lot more training in the

mathematical sciences and tremendous concern about the fact

that we’re losing so many promising students so what’s also nice about the Common

Core Standards is that in addition to prepping for the you know the traditional sequence that

leads to calculus study it also creates a stronger foundation in modeling and then also in

statistics so we’re seeing at all grades really starting with six grade through

the high school courses a treatment of, a deeper treatment

of Statistics than many of us have seen before, but then we

also see on the other end preparation for advanced placement

statistics or a deeper study of statistics and this really will help for a wide variety

of careers because when you think about all the non-traditional math STEM careers you think about and any career feel that’s going to

require research of some sort you need to have some statistics

background so that you can support the research that you’re doing there

isn’t just one route to being successful as a scientist

or an engineer or somebody working in in the mathematical sciences. There

are lots of different ways of getting there. Statistics is one of

the great ways. and I know so many young people who

thought they were no good at mathematics they didn’t like mathematics and then they

got into statistics and they found suddenly that there was

something that they really enjoyed and they needed

more of that mathematics to support it. One of the things that I really appreciated from being president to the math Association of America was that it gave me contact with a lot of people

who are really interested in what’s going on in both K-12 mathematics

education and also in post-secondary mathematics education and there’s a

recognition among mathematicians that if students

are going to succeed in mathematics at the college level they’ve got to be explorers of

mathematics. They’ve got to be people who can take an unfamiliar

problem and try to think about what’s the right mathematics to use here and that’s one of the things that people

are very encouraged by in the Common Core because of the

fact that that there’s so much emphasis on the

real understanding and I’ve been pleased to see a lot of

the mathematicians who’ve been very critical Of earlier efforts to reform

mathematics education who are now strong supporters of the

Common Core because they see that this is doing what

really needs to be done and it’s doing things right.

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