High school math course titles don't matter much

Mar 12, 2013 by Philip Elliott

(AP)—When it comes to high school math, the course titles don't really matter or even predict what's in the textbook.

That observation is part of the 's new study of high school math courses released Tuesday. During its review of almost 18,000 ' records and textbooks, the investigators found as much as a third of the textbooks weren't about the subject printed on the cover. And within the subjects, the course titles were subjective and didn't really reflect the courses' difficulty.

Some experts worry that this could foretell a situation similar to grade inflation. Linda Rosen, a former math teacher who leads business leaders' efforts to boost science and , says the nation could now face what she calls "course-title inflation."

Explore further: All together now – three evolutionary perks of singing

5 /5 (3 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Jamaica to launch remote-learning courses

Oct 06, 2012

(AP)—Jamaica's education minister plans to use computers to offer long-distance math and literacy courses to students who live in remote parts of the island.

New Obama plan to help math, science teacher prep

Feb 07, 2012

(AP) -- President Barack Obama called on Tuesday for millions of dollars in new funding to improve math and science education, an effort he said would be crucial to the nation's long-term success.

Math teachers demonstrate a bias toward white male students

Apr 16, 2012

While theories about race, gender, and math ability among high school students have long been debated, a recent study found that math teachers are in fact, unjustifiably biased toward their white male students. This study ...

Recommended for you

All together now – three evolutionary perks of singing

Dec 24, 2014

We're enjoying the one time of year when protests of "I can't sing!" are laid aside and we sing carols with others. For some this is a once-a-year special event; the rest of the year is left to the professionals ...

We're simply having an analogue Christmas time

Dec 23, 2014

The British Christmas that Charles Dickens serves up to us is rich in food and warmth, two things that in his day were often thinly stretched throughout the year in many homes. These days, for most of the y ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.