# Math wars

## Debate over modern mathematics education, textbooks and curricula in the U.S. / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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**Math wars** is the debate over modern mathematics education, textbooks and curricula in the United States that was triggered by the publication in 1989 of the *Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics* by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and subsequent development and widespread adoption of a new generation of mathematics curricula inspired by these standards.

While the discussion about math skills has persisted for many decades,^{[1]} the term "math wars" was coined by commentators such as John A. Van de Walle^{[2]} and David Klein.^{[3]} The debate is over traditional mathematics and reform mathematics philosophy and curricula, which differ significantly in approach and content.