Decoding the math myth


Politicians and economists say people need advanced math skills to be successful in the highly technical jobs of the 21st century. But political scientist Andrew Hacker says that’s just not true. In his new book, “The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions,” Hacker writes that the idea that everyone needs geometry, algebra, trigonometry and even some calculus is hurting the economy by preventing people from getting college degrees. He talked to ARW senior education correspondent Emily Hanford.

Next week, a critic of “The Math Myth” will weigh in.