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MATH: What's the Problem?

Most agree that math smarts are essential to the country’s future.

Yet, U.S. students’ math scores rank below those of many other countries. Why do so many people struggle with math? Why is math so important, anyway?

Credits & Acknowledgements

Producer: Maria Zacharias

Editor: Adam Schreck

NSF Field and Studio Footage: Adam Schreck, Kevin Norris, Mike Minvielle, Cliff Braverman

Multimedia Researcher: Gwendolyn Morgan

Project Manager: Trinka Plaskon

Web Design: S2N Media, Inc.
John Prusinski, Kathryn Prusinski, Michael Conlon, Joan Endres

Image Credits:
Animated collage - John Prusinski, S2N Media, Inc.
Opening images -

We wish to acknowledge the following people and organizations for their contributions to this project:

Kara Suzuka, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan School of Education

Stephen Hegedus, Ph.D, director of the Kaput Center, University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth

Mathematics students (and their parents) from schools in the South
Coast region of Massachusetts

The Math Teachers' Circle Network

The Mathematical Association of America

Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2, Washington, D.C.