A few weeks ago a group of senior mathematicians, teachers, statisticians, and curriculum developers met in Boston to discuss the future of high school mathematics. This Who’s Who of math education concluded that “*education policy makers and mathematics educators should resist the common wish for a quick fix and stay the course, modifying goals and efforts as results suggest such actions.”*

They cited four key elements of the Common Core program that provide a basis for productive change in U. S. high school mathematics: 1. Comprehensive and Integrated Curriculum, 2. Mathematical Habits of Mind, 3. Balanced Attention to Technique, Understanding, and Application, and 4 Information Technologies.

During your well-deserved time away from the school or district I hope you will take a minute to look at the complete Washington Post article by Valerie Strauss.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/12/06/the-future-of-high-school-math-education/