This chapter introduces the problems with regards to reforming mathematics education in California during the last two decades of the last century. It looks particularly at the curriculum wars that ensued, the arguments that surround changes and evaluations of mathematics curricula. The “math wars” unfolded as a result of attempts to remedy the decline in national educational standards. In January 1998, Secretary of Education Richard Riley addressed mathematicians, asking for a cease-fire and calling for cooperation amongst warring parties towards more constructive and productive approaches for reform. The chapter looks at changes that occurred in mathematics education and the reception that each proposal underwent. It looks at how traditional mathematics teachings has been a target of criticism and a cause for concern in America, examining just how educators in the 1980s and 1990s tried to solved problems of teaching mathematics.
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