When Less is More: The Case for Teaching Less Math in Schools

http://www.psychologytoday.com/print/39676

When Less is More: The Case for Teaching Less Math in Schools By Peter Gray

In 1929, the superintendent of schools in Ithaca, New York, sent out a challenge to his colleagues in other cities. “What,” he asked, “can we drop from the elementary school curriculum?” He complained that over the years new subjects were continuously being added and nothing was being subtracted, with the result that the school day was packed with too many subjects and there was little time to reflect seriously on anything. This was back in the days when people believed that children shouldn’t have to spend all of their time at school work–that they needed some time to play, to do chores at home, and to be with their families–so there was reason back then to believe that whenever something new is added to the curriculum something else should be dropped.

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