The ultimate goal, said Jones, is to do away with obstacles that lead to college completion.
Berkopes said that will happen as math instruction more resembles the way languages are taught.
“If you don’t use it, you lose it,” he said.
But more isn’t necessarily better. Berkopes wants IUPUI to equip future math teachers with better weapons. His goal is to have every math education major work in the assistance center.
“The very essence of math is creativity and openness,” he said. “People think there is one correct answer, and that’s not true. There is not one correct technique for anything. The way we teach math now is so closed off, it just destroys the real beauty, what the discipline is. I don’t think teachers are doing it on purpose. They just need more information and help to really convey the true essence of what math could be.”
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup. Follow her on Twitter @MaureenHayden.