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An Agenda for Action

Recommendations for School Mathematics of the 1980s

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics recommends that:

  1. Problem solving be the focus of school mathematics in the 1980s;
  2. Basic skills in mathematics be defined to encompass more than computational facility;
  3. Mathematics programs take full advantage of the power of calculators and computers at all grade levels;
  4. Stringent standards of both effectiveness and efficiency be applied to the teaching of mathematics;
  5. The success of mathematics programs and student learning be evaluated by a wider range of measures than conventional testing;
  6. More mathematics study be required for all students and a flexible curriculum with a greater range of options be designed to accommodate the diverse needs of the student population;
  7. Mathematics teachers demand of themselves and their colleagues a high level of professionalism;
  8. Public support for mathematics instruction be raised to a level commensurate with the importance of mathematical understanding to individuals and society.

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