Is Mandatory Math Hindering the Manufacturing Workforce?

In an interesting take on the modern education system, Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, says students need more exposure to the way everyday things work and are made — and “nowhere is this more obvious than in the teaching of math.”

In an article published by The Atlantic, Grandin asserts that the current approach to teaching high school math — which typically includes two years of algebra — “relies entirely on abstraction and provides nothing to visualize.” Experts quoted in the article say mandatory math classes may be preventing the development of talent for in-demand jobs — including skilled tradespeople, inventors, and mechanical engineers. 10/18/2022