Some subscribers to Math-Learn might be interested in a recent post
"Barriers to Better K-12 Math Education: Poverty and the Inadequate
Undergraduate Education of Prospective K-12 Teachers" [Hake (2013)].
The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: In response to my post "Do We Learn All the Math We Need
For Ordinary Life Before 5th Grade?" [Hake (2013)] at>, Ed Wallon Math-Learn at> bemoaned the "dumbed down elementary school
mathematics education curriculum." [Non-subscribers can access
Wall's post by taking a minute to "Join this List" at the Math-Learn

I argue that the dumbing down of elementary school mathematics in the
U.S. is not due to Math Education Researcher's preoccupation with the
secondary years, as implied by Wall, but primarily because of "The
Overriding Influence of Poverty on Children's Educational
Achievement" [Hake (2011b)] at>; and
secondarily because U.S. Mathematics Education Researchers (MER's)
have not devoted enough attention to the POSTsecondary years, as
dramatized by an excerpt from a Galilean dialogue in "Re: Math
Education Research" [Hake (2003)] at>.

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Links to Articles:>
Links to Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs:>

". . .I will look primarily at our traditions and practices of early
schooling through the age of twelve or so. There is little to come
after, whether of joys or miseries, that is not prefigured in these
- David Hawkins in "The Roots of Literacy" p. 3.

REFERENCES [URL shortened by and accessed on 16 Jan 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. "Barriers to Better K-12 Math Education: Poverty and
the Inadequate Undergraduate Education of Prospective K-12 Teachers,"
online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at>. Post
of 16 Jan 2013 15:40:33 -0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract
and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several
discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at> with a provision for comments.

Hawkins, D. 2001. "The Roots of Literacy." University of Colorado
Press. information at>.

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