Quantitative Literacy: Now More Than Ever

Gail Mellow
2018 Numeracy  
This editorial highlights the eloquent words of Drs. Bernard Madison and Lynn Arthur Steen who, in the inaugural issue of Numeracy, note that quantitative literacy (QL) provides "tools for survival" in a highly competitive world. I discuss how QL is desperately needed at a precarious time for our nation's democracy and how at LaGuardia Community College, and community colleges across the nation, important and creative work is being undertaken to build students' math skills. The pivotal role of
more » ... he pivotal role of faculty is discussed and a call is made for colleges to support faculty as they undertake the challenging work of building QL skills for students who confront myriad obstacles in completing their degree. I conclude with a call for recognition of math faculty and the National Numeracy Network for undertaking the difficult work of delivering to students these essential "tools for survival. " Keywords quantitative literacy, community colleges Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License Cover
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