Policy Networks in Mathematics: Educating for Corporations and Against People

Mark Wolfmeyer


This article introduces 1) an extensive analysis of the messy, entangled web of the politics of math education and 2) a novel method for policy analysis. I have identified a policy network surrounding math education for America that presents the following interrelated interests: a national math education that develops human capital (the characteristics of productive workers), debates over traditional and reform pedagogy, agreement on a content knowledge deficit of math teachers, and a math education that fuels an education services sector. This article primarily describes the first of these trends, the notion that math education for America produces in people those intangible qualities usable by businesses.


Education Policy; Math Education; Curriculum Studies

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ISSN 1920-4175 Critical Education