High school math course titles don't matter much

March 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: Jamaica to launch remote-learning courses

0 shares

Related Stories

Jamaica to launch remote-learning courses

October 6, 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

February 7, 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

April 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

Study into who is least afraid of death

March 24, 2017

A new study examines all robust, available data on how fearful we are of what happens once we shuffle off this mortal coil. They find that atheists are among those least afraid of dying... and, perhaps not surprisingly, ...

Scientists make new discovery about bird evolution

March 24, 2017

In a new paper published in National Science Review, a team of scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, the Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature, and the Nanjing Institute of Geology and ...

Mathematical framework explains diverse plant stem forms

March 23, 2017

It is well known that as plants grow, their stems and shoots respond to outside signals like light and gravity. But if plants all have similar stimuli, why are there so many different plant shapes? Why does a weeping willow ...

How chewing like a cow helped early mammals thrive

March 23, 2017

You probably haven't given much thought to how you chew, but the jaw structure and mechanics of almost all modern mammals may have something to do with why we're here today. In a new paper published this week in Scientific ...

0 comments

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.