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|B.S. Physics 1975, UCSB
B.A. Mathematics 1975, UCSB
Ph.d. Applied Mathematics,
Cornell University, 1981
|Professional InterestsMathematical Physics, Statistical Mechanics, General Relativity, Mathematics Education|
K-12 Mathematics Education
- Evaluation of state K-12 mathematics standards, sponsored by the Fordham Foundation:
The State of State Math Standards 2005, by David Klein
with Bastiaan J. Braams, Thomas Parker, William Quirk, Wilfried Schmid, and W. Stephen Wilson
Technical assistance from Ralph A. Raimi and Lawrence Braden
Analysis by Justin Torres
Foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr.
- Will Congress hurt or help K-12 math education? Guest Editorial in The Education Gadfly, March 4, 2004
- A Brief History of American K-12 Mathematics Education in the 20th Century, (preprint version) by David Klein. A published version of this paper is Chapter 7 of Mathematical Cognition: A Volume in Current Perspectives on Cognition, Learning, and Instruction, Edited by James Royer, Information Age Publishing, 2003.
- A Case Study: An Email Debate on the quality of education research in mainstream education journals between Dr. Pendred Noyce, head of the Noyce Foundation, and David Klein focusing on the article, “The impact of two standards-based mathematics curricula on student achievement in Massachusetts” by Riordan, J. E., & Noyce, P. E. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 32(4), 368-398 (2001).
- An Open Letter to the LAUSD School Board and Superintendent Romer about Algebra I pacing plans.
- C-SPAN Panel Discussion/Debate on mathematics education. This link includes a complete transcript of a panel discussion and debate hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on March 4, 2002 and nationally broadcast by C-SPAN:
Does Two Plus Two Still Equal Four?What Should Our Children Know About Math?
Mike McKeown, Brown University
Gail Burrill, Michigan State University and former NCTM President
David Klein, California State University, Northridge (For Klein’s Presentation click here)
Lee V. Stiff, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Tom Loveless, Brookings Institution
Moderator: Lynne V. Cheney, AEI
(“Real Player”; click here to get free download)
- Details of the story of the Attack by Hyman Bass on the Massachusetts Deputy Commissioner of Education for her support of arithmetic.
- California State Adopted Middle School Math programs for 2001, official Content Review Panel Reports
- Overhead Slides from The Winning EquationAn inservice program for Grade 4-7 teachers.
- Student Practice Problems for grades 1 to 8 (Algebra I) California Math Standards
- Open Letter from 220 mathematicians and other scholars to U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley November, 1999
- “Math Problems: Why the U.S. Department of Education’s recommended math programs don’t add up,” by David Klein, American School Board Journal, April 2000
- Congressional Testimony, by David Klein, April 4, 2000
- “High Achievement in Mathematics:Lessons from Three Los Angeles Elementary Schools” by David Klein, a report commissioned by the Brookings Institution, August 2000. Published as Chapter 8 in Bridging the Achievement Gap,Edited by John E. Chubb and Tom Loveless, Brookings Institution Press, 2002.
- Math Lessons: Beyond Rhetoric, Studies in High Achievement, Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2001
- The Role of Long Division in the K-12 Curriculum by David Klein and R. James Milgram, February 2000. For a pdf version, click here.
- American Federation of Teachers: Should We Curb Use of Calculators for Younger Students? American Teacher, March 2001
- What’s at Stake in the K-12 Standards Wars: A Primer for Educational Policy Makers, Sandra Stotsky (editor), Peter Lang Press, c 2000 Chapter 13:National Science Foundation Systemic Initiatives:How a small amount of federal money promotes ill-designed mathematics and science programs in K-12 and undermines local control of educationby Mike McKeown, David Klein, and Chris Patterson
- L.A.’s Math Program Just Doesn’t Add Up, by David Klein and R. James Milgram, Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times, September 17, 1999
- Big Business, Race, and Gender in Mathematics Reform, by David Klein Appendix to “How to Teach Mathematics,” by Steven Krantz, American Mathematical Society 1999, second edition
- The Freedom to Agree, by David Klein, California Political Review, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp 15-16, 31, July/August 1998
- The State’s Invisible Math Standards, by David Klein, Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1998
- A Virtual CSUN?, by David Klein, Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 11, 1998
- Open Letter to CSU Chancellor Charles Reed in support of the California Mathematics Standards for K-12. Endorsed by more than 100 college and university mathematicians, and by Jaime Escalante. January 1998
- Calculus Reform: for the $Millions, by David Klein and Jerry Rosen, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, November 1997
- How Experts Dumb Down Math Education, by David Klein and Jerry Rosen, Op-Ed, Los Angeles Daily News, May 31, 1996
Other Education Related Links
Mathematically Correct, a nationally influential parents’ organization to improve mathematics instruction in K-12
New York City Honest and Open Logical Debate on mathematics education reform, or NYC HOLD, was “formed in order to address mathematics education in the New York City schools and to provide an organization for parents, educators, mathematicians and other concerned citizens to work to improve the quality of mathematics education”
Core Knowledge Foundation, founded in 1986 by E.D.Hirsch Jr.
What Elementary Teachers Need to Know, College Course Outlines for Teacher Preparation, from the Core Knowledge Foundation. Syllabai are available for Math, Science, History, Geography, Music, Art.
National Council on Teacher Quality
American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence
These two organizations provide high quality teacher certification programs.
Save Our Children from Mediocre Math, a parents’ group in Thousand Oaks, California
TeachMath.net, created by math teacher E. Toby Earl
CSUN and Political Issues
CSUN United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of CSUN faculty, students, and university community members