The School Mathematics Study Group (SMSG)
was an academic think tank
focused on the subject of reform in mathematics education
. Directed by Edward G. Begle
and financed by the National Science Foundation
, the group was created in the wake of the Sputnik crisis
in 1958 and tasked with creating and implementing mathematics curricula
and secondary education
, which it did until its termination in 1977. The efforts of the SMSG yielded a reform in mathematics education known as new math
which was promulgated in a series of reports, which culminated in a series published by Random House
called the New Mathematical Library
. In the early years SMSG also rushed out a set of draft textbooks in typewritten paperback format for elementary, middle and high school students.
Perhaps the most authoritative collection of materials from the School Mathematics Study Group is now housed in the Archives of American Mathematics in the University of Texas at Austin's Center for American History.