Do We Teach Too Much Mathematics . . . ? What Do You Think?

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Mathematics teachers, like most teachers, are bombarded with advice on how better to do their job. While well meaning, much of this is irrelevant or impractical. I offer a whispered suggestion, a humble opinion based on experience. Such a social-historical approach in teaching should have been evident in our training and mathematics education. Unfortunately, most often it was not. The task of change is up to us. It begins in pondering and personally resolving the question, “Do we teach too much mathematics . . . ?”