The New York Times reports that the Bush Administration has tapped Larry R. Faulkner, a former president of the University of Texas, to lead a national panel that will weigh in on the battle between two different ideologies in regards to teaching math. One side favors the traditional rules and formulas-based methodology, while the other favors a more “free form” method. This new math panel is to be based on the model employed by the National Reading Panel, which has been influential in the spread of phonics and a “back-to-basics” approach to reading in classrooms across the nation. This new math panel reflects the growing concern of the Bush Administration that the United States is at risk of losing its competitive edge in math and science in the global marketplace. The panel will examine the various ways the 15,000 school districts in the United States teach math, then make recommendations on improving the quality of instruction… (Note: This site requires free registration.)