Students should be required to learn quantitative skills in postsecondary: Opinion

September 7, 2021
Postsecondary institutions should require students to learn quantitative skills, writes Ryan Craig. The author argues that students must gain quantitative fluency–the ability to evaluate claims through using quantitative evidence–so that they can make sense of scientific information. Craig says that institutions should ensure that students are not allowed to avoid taking rigorous STEM coursework in non-STEM programs. “As fluency requires being able to assess quantitative relationships across different contexts, it’s more effective if students can build quantitative muscles in history, literature, political science and psychology,” writes Craig. “Moreover, developing quantitative fluency isn’t best accomplished via lectures or discussion groups, but by doing.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)