I think the Common Core Standards address this issue best. I spend a good portion of parent teacher night laying out my argument to parents for why mathematics is still relevant and why they should reinforce this view at home with their children.
I find it troubling that the matter needs defending. Just one more way in which us teachers are under attack. Is there any other country in the world where teachers have to spend as much of their time defending what they do?
*Anthony Chase Mallia* Math and Special Education Teacher Sag Harbor UFSD firstname.lastname@example.org