Thursday, March 1, 2012

Math problems of the week: introductory algebra in CPM vs. Singapore Math

A continuation of last week's problem of the week:

I. The 4th and 5th pages in College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM)'s Foundations for Algebra, Year 2 [click to enlarge]:



II. The 4th and 5th pages in 6th grade Singapore Math, Primary Mathematics 6A [click to enlarge]:



III. Extra Credit:
When I was an algebra student, we not only lacked CPM's social skills training activities and Tool Kit, but we also didn't take notes. What did we miss out on? How well would we function in today's 21st century jobs?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What the heck was that first assignment all about? "Negotiations," "study team," "guidelines" for "behavior"???

Barf. No wonder the South Koreans are beating the cr@p out of American kids. That textbook is a farce.

Why can't they have actual math in a (gasp) math class?

Cranberry said...

W * T * F ?

I know some texts are bad, but that's amazing.

I found some more examples at the CPM website. Lots of group work which wastes time. Lots of debate about basic concepts.

Anonymous said...

You had me wondering if it was April Fools Day. I knew as well that math textbooks were bad but CPM simply isn't math. It's laughable and really sad at the same time.