Faster Isn’t Smarter: Messages About Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century, 2nd Edition
Featuring 41 entirely updated messages and four new ones, this second edition continues to offer straight talk and common sense about some of today’s most important, thought-provoking issues in education. With themes ranging from equity, intelligence, and the incredible potential of all students to challenging students to think with a problem-centered approach focused on student engagement and classroom discourse, the book provides a base for lively discussion among elementary, middle, and high school teachers; leaders; policy makers; and families.
Entirely updated, including new messages.
|Discussion questions at the end of each message|
Cathy L. Seeley
Cathy L. Seeley has given presentations in forty-nine states, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, France, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, and South Africa. She has been a mathematics teacher, K–12 district coordinator, and K–12 State Director of Mathematics for Texas. From 1999 to 2001 she taught mathematics (in French) as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. Dr. Seeley served as President of NCTM from 2004 to 2006 and is the author of Faster Isn't Smarter—Messages About Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century. She recently retired as a Senior Fellow at the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas, however continues to speak, write, and consult on improving mathematics teaching and learning from elementary school through college at the local, state, and national level.
"Cathy's wonderful book isn't just for teachers—though teachers will find it invaluable—but for anyone who loves learning and wants to understand more about the wonder and beauty of mathematics."
Cheryl Heuton, Cocreator and Executive Producer of the CBS television drama NUMB3RS
"Cathy invites us all to join in envisioning mathematics education that engages students in learning how to think imaginatively and rigorously, that develops critical systems thinking skills and shows how to apply them to tackle today's toughest problems."
Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
"Cathy understands the critical changes in math education that need to happen so that our students can compete in tomorrow's competitive workforce. More importantly, she offers real solutions that resonate with educators, parents, and policy makers.
Melendy Lovett, former President of Education Technology, Texas Instruments, Inc., and Chief Administrative Officer, Trinity Industries
"Cathy's arguments will challenge you to reflect carefully about the assumptions influencing policy and practice in the field.
William F. Tate, Distinguished Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and former President of the American Educational Research Association
"Building on her breadth of educational experiences and her desire for equity in our educational system, Cathy skillfully guides us to consider actions to address the 'untapped potential' of students."
Nora Ramirez, former President of TODOS: Mathematics for All
"Cathy has integrity, deep knowledge, and a perspective that brings balance to the controversies surrounding math education. Her book is a commonsense gold mine of ideas on mathematics learning and teaching and a great read.
Terry Bergeson, former Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Cathy has a unique talent for isolating an area of educational controversy, boiling down the key issues in simple, straightforward language, and then stimulating productive conversation around the central ideas. This collection is a much-needed resource.
Barbara Reys, Distinguished Professor at University of Missouri and former President of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators