I also tried to read the book “California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education” by Suzanne Wilson (2003), but I found it very boring too. I know almost nothing about the “math wars” & the failure of math education reform in California during the second half of the last century, but if the reform failed and didn’t stand the test of time, then the main reason must be that it was very flawed, and not that some critics were opposed to it. Maths is difficult for many children. But meaningful activities involving maths, and better explanations of maths ideas, can make it attractive for the students. On the other hand, trying to make it easier by evading the essential points won’t solve the problem.

I also tried to read the book “California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education” by Suzanne Wilson (2003), but I found it very boring too. I know almost nothing about the “math wars” & the failure of math education reform in California during the second half of the last century, but if the reform failed and didn’t stand the test of time, then the main reason must be that it was very flawed, and not that some critics were opposed to it. Maths is difficult for many children. But meaningful activities involving maths, and better explanations of maths ideas, can make it attractive for the students. On the other hand, trying to make it easier by evading the essential points won’t solve the problem.