Reaching for Common Ground in K-12 Mathematics Education

During the past decade, debates have continued between mathematicians and math educators. This document represents an attempt to identify at least three fundamental positions upon which mathematicians and math educators may be able to agree. They are that: 1) basic computational skills with numbers provide a crucial foundation for higher level mathematics; 2) math requires careful reasoning about precisely defined objects and concepts; and, 3) students must be able to formulate and solve problems. The authors concur that discourse is necessary in order to continue to seek common ground in their mutual efforts to improve K-12 mathematics teaching and learning. The whole document is available for viewing or downloading here.