Definition of new math in English:

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new math

Pronunciation: /ˌn(y)o͞o ˈmaTH/
(British new maths)


A system of teaching mathematics to younger children, with emphasis on investigation and discovery and on set theory.
Example sentences
  • Prudie rejoices with you that you have skated away from PTA meetings and new math, but you sound somewhat overinvolved with the financial aspects of parenthood.
  • The Moral Majority attacked not only multiculturalism and new math but unstructured academic approaches such as the open classroom and creative writing.
  • This followed the new English scheme, the introduction of science as a subject, and ‘the new maths really swung into action when I was at Waitara Central, where we were classified as a special resource school in that subject.’

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Syllabification: new math

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