A friend of mine recently posted a link on Facebook to the following blog post:

http://garyrubinstein.teachforus.org/2013/10/19/death-of-math/

This has the provocative title "The Death of Math." Side note: The use of the word "math" tends to bug me. In formal writing and public writing, I always try to use the term "mathematics."

This is a fairly long post and what I want to focus on now is one of the two recommendations Mr. Rubenstein makes to "fix mathematics." This one is: Greatly reduce the number of required topics and to expand the topics that remained so they can covered more deeply with thought provoking lessons and activities. (The second recommendation is to make mathematics beyond the 8th grade into electives.)