The Computer-Based Math™ (CBM) Education Summit has become the major hub for a fundamental change to math education.
This year's event is cohosted by UNICEF to answer the question, "how do we deliver improved life opportunities worldwide by cooperating on a fundamental rethink of the math curriculum?" It will bring together a broad cross section of leaders from industry, technology, education, and governments from a range of countries.
This is a critical time for math education. With worldwide recognition of its failings, many policymakers are looking for fundamental change. CBM not only exposes the problem, but offers the path to a solution.
“We don't want students to be third-rate computers; we want them to be first-rate problem solvers.”Conrad Wolfram
“We believe in the enthusiasm and potential of the internet generation—they are ready for computer-based mathematics. It will also give them a competitive advantage in the labor market.”Jaak Aaviksoo
Minister of Education and Research, Estonia
“Math education today is an overwhelming obstacle—instead of the gateway—to productive careers for millions of young adults. Changing the way we teach math is essential to preserving our social fabric.”Ted Dintersmith
US delegation, United Nations General Assembly
“Innovative use of technology can provide new delivery mechanisms for quality learning material for the world's most vulnerable children. Local design of open, global solutions can create access to learning and opportunity for populations in even the most difficult and hard-to-reach environments.”Chris Fabian
Innovation Unit, UNICEF
Conrad Wolfram gives a 25-year vision for fixing math education, including early experience and examples of CBM's pilot projects, with an overview of what's needed to scale up this direction—to developing and developed countries alike. Outlining the key objectives of the summit, he works to provide a clear focus for working through and driving change.