Allison's post yesterday at kitchentablemath on how difficult it is to convince fellow parents of Reform Math's shortcomings coincides with my receipt of our school's latest Home and School Association report.
According to this report, 89% of the 70+ parents who attended the school math consultant's parent presentation rated it "helpful" to "extremely helpful." This, despite the fact that she made an evidence-free argument against having children solve problems by "stacking" (arranging numbers vertically and using the standard algorithms), asserted that we should be teaching our children the multiplication tables at home because teachers don't have time to in school, and spent about half of her presentation soliciting our multiple strategies for multiplying 85 by 4 and dividing 120 by 3, thus demonstrating how it is that time is used up in the classroom.
Like Allison, I feel that no one takes me seriously when I carry on about the dire effects of Reform Math.
No one, that is, except my friends. But these people, for all the concerns they've been expressing, appear to have been written off by the HSA as "friends of lefty."
Here, for what it's worth, is the latest from one of these friends, the parent of a 1st grade mental math whizz:
Just as we expected, J has been struggling with the “show your work” portion of his math homework. He got an “incomplete” one week for failing to illustrate how he added 2 and 2, or some such thing. This week, on a “3 + 5” problem, he had a solution: he drew a stick figure with a thought bubble, put “3 + 5” in it, and labeled it “me”!