This question was originally about Math Teaching being a duplicate of Mathematics, but the discussion turned to comparing Math Teaching with Education.
I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss the two proposals so no surprises happen when it is time for beta.
Let's compare the two proposals:
- Education: Proposed Q&A site for professional educators and education researchers, K-12 & higher ed teachers, vocational teachers, school administrators, school faculty, education psychologists, education historians, education theorists and philosophers, non-profit educationists. The scope of this site certainly includes mathematics and much more. The site was proposed roughly a year ago. There are 87 followers, with 16% from MathSE and only a trace amount of MO. There are 9 upvoted questions.
- Math Teaching: Proposed Q&A site for math educators, enthusiasts, students, professors. This site has a much more narrow scope. It was started 29 days ago. It has fulfilled its first stage and has 85 commitments. More than half of users are active on MathSE, and more than one in four are active in MO.
In my opinion, Education is a better site concept than Math Teaching. However, I believe that it is easier to get a Math Teachng site going than Education. I feel this way because many professors and students in math identify as mathematicians more than as educators, even if their primary interest is teaching. I think it will be easier to establish an active userbase in math teaching.
I also believe that Math Teaching will have many, many questions on how to teach specialized mathematical concepts like groups, and answers will require an extensive mathematical background.
Given the vagaries of Area51, Math Teaching may very well stall and be overtaken by education. Perhaps the mods will request a merger. I think we should see if Math Teaching can make it.
I'd like to hear anyone else's opinion.