These are a sampling of the kinds of headlines that reach our email in-boxes on a weekly basis. The widespread use of Twitter (#iteachmath) and blogs (#mtbos) brings prospective and in-service teachers unprecedented access to knowledge and guidance that can inform teaching, but the sheer volume of information available comes at a cost. The cost is that authors feel that they have to entice readers with catchier titles and bolder claims, a phenomenon that is referred to in the popular media as clickbait. As we are learning from our current political climate, our U.S. culture may be becoming increasingly entranced with compelling headlines and less engaged with the evidence provided to support those headlines.
Sandra Crespo, Teacher Education and Mathematics Education, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, 620 Farm Lane, Room 362, Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Kristen Bieda, Teacher Education Associate Director of Mathematics, CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University, 317 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824