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In Memoriam: Lynn Steen
The NNN is saddened by the loss of our dear friend and mentor Lynn Steen. Lynn was a pioneer in the field of Quantitative Literacy. His brilliant and lucid prose helped jump start the entire QL movement, providing a compelling rationale for a more meaningful mathematical experience for all students. He will be missed.
- Read Lynn's Obituary.
- Read some of Lynn Steen's articles, many of which were seminal to Numeracy/QL/QR.
- Madison, Bernard and Lynn Arthur Steen, Editors. 2003. Quantitative Literacy: Why Numeracy Matters for Schools and Colleges. Princeton, NJ: National Council on Education and the Disciplines.
- Steen, Lynn Arthur. 1997. Why Numbers Count: Quantitative Literacy for Tomorrow's America. New York: The College Board.
- ______. Editor. 2001. Mathematics and Democracy: The Case for Quantitative Literacy. Princeton, NJ: National Council on Education and the Disciplines.
- ______. 2004. Achieving Quantitative Literacy: An Urgent Challenge for Higher Education. Washington, DC: The Mathematical Association of America.
- Steen, Lynn Arthur. 1990. "Numeracy." Daedalus 119(2): 211-231.
- ______. 1999. "Numeracy: The New Literacy for a Data-Drenched Society." ASCD 57(2): 8-13.
- ______. 2002. "Why Numeracy Matters for Schools and Colleges." Focus 22(2): 8-9.
- ______. 2004. "Everything I Needed to Know about Averages I Learned in College.'' Peer Review 6(4): 4-8.
- ______. 2008. "Reflections on Wingspread Workshop." In Calculation vs. Context: Quantitative Literacy and Its Implications for Teacher Education, edited by Bernard L. Madison and Lynn Arthur Steen. Mathematical Association of America. Pp. 11-23.
- See more, linked from the NNN What is Numeracy/QL/QR website and NICHE reference materials website
In Memoriam: Lynn Steen -- Share your Memories
Like Bernie, I miss Lynn already. This brilliant, kind, gentle man was, after all, the thought leader for our field, quantitative literacy. I must admit I chuckled when I read the quotation in the Northfield obituary that said “His work ethic was legendary, as was his talent for getting his colleagues involved in projects.” I met Lynn when he was in the midst of one of those projects, the one that led to the NNN (see the history of numeracy and NNN recounted by Bernie and Lynn in the first issue of Numeracy): the one with the NCED (and Bob Orrill) that led to the four books, Why Numbers Count (1997), Mathematics and Democracy (2001), Why Numeracy Matters (2003), and Achieving Quantitative Literacy (2004). I’ll never forget that meeting: July 2-3, 2001, in Philadelphia, a small group invited by Susan Ganter, the leader of the outreach component of NCED’s initiative in quantitative literacy. That’s where I met not only Lynn, but also Bernie, Bob, Susan, Dorothy Wallace, Jerry Johnson, and some others on the “Design Team” that produced “The Case for Quantitative Literacy,” p. 1-22 in Mathematics and Democracy, which had just been published – and provided as required reading for that meeting. That experience – the meeting and the book – changed my life. I learned that there was a whole new side of mathematics. A kinder, gentler mathematics that is so much more socially relevant than what I was used to in my teaching in STEM. It changed my thinking and my teaching, given me a whole new direction, and it has enriched my professional life.
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Lynn helped me get started in Quantitative Literacy. I first met him in 1999 at AMATYC. In 2000, he supported my Keck grant proposal. He invited me to present at three conferences: ICME-9 (2000), PKAL/Snowbird (2001), and Wingspread (2008). He invited me to write for two publications: Peer Review (2004) and Calculation vs. Context (2009).
After reading his obituary, I realized that Lynn and I shared something in common: we both studied physics and philosophy as undergraduates. In both disciplines, context is essential. This may have left us with a common desire to integrate the elements of our mathematical disciplines into the context of everyday life. Perhaps that is why Lynn asked me to participate in the founding of the quantitative literacy movement.
Thank you Lynn Steen. I miss you.
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