One of the commenters on yesterday’s Gradebook post on math and science education complained that many math teachers in Florida’s secondary schools “do not even have a mathematical mind.” This is a broad problem recently documented by researchers at Michigan State University in an argument published in Science.
Here is part of the solution: a content-rich college major for prospective math teachers devised by math professors. That is what we have here at FSU in the university’s FSU-Teach program for the recruiting and education of math and science teachers. The content requirements include several 4000-level courses as well as a core that includes differential equations and linear algebra. You can see the whole thing here.
No student without “a mathematical mind” could survive the program.
That leaves the other unsolved problem cited by the Gradebook commenters – paying strong math and science students enough to make teaching worth their while.