Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Op-Ed in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer

Here.

Be sure to check out the comments that appear below the article.

For all the talking points that Reform Math proponents deploy in response to the general criticisms, I haven't yet seen any talking points that respond to concerns about children on the autistic spectrum. Has anyone else?

Since it's well-documented--and generally agreed--that AS children require structure, direct instruction, and discrete tasks, and that many of them have the potential to excel in math, and since the education establishment's purported missions include (1) mainstreaming and (2) catering to different learning needs, I believe this is a fruitful message to keep plugging.

2 comments:

Marcy said...

One of the things I have a real problem with is the math games. They are really pushed "all the kids have fun playing math games!"

But my AS son doesn't play turn-taking type games. They drive him crazy. So when all the other kids are working on their math facts by playing math games, my son is really left to fend for himself.

Since this is a boy who read Edwin Abbott's Flatland in 3rd grade, I know he has a good head for higher math. Why should he not be allowed to learn math in a more concrete way? Why should he sit around while everyone else plays games?

Liz Ditz said...

Your editorial was in today's Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Smartbrief