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Increasing criticism is being directed at what was considered the Cadillac of curricular standards--those developed in 1989 by the highly respected National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Critics now apply pejorative labels like "fuzzy math" or "new new math" to this sensible effort to ratchet up expectations in mathematics classrooms.
Economists are generally agreed that although the sources of this inequality are many--an eroding minimum wage, the declining power of unions to win large settlements at the bargaining table, and growing global competition--fully half the explanation can be attributed to "new technologies that favor the better educated."
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