Saturday, November 10, 2012

Math news roundup

In reverse order of appearance: Barry Garelick’s article in the online Atlantic on why not just writing instruction, but also math instruction, needs a revolution/
Barry Garelick’s excellent critique in Ed News of the Common Core math standards. 

Reform Math schools in Pennsylvania that were recently reprimanded by the state for not achieving “Adequate Yearly Progress” (courtesy Leigh Liberman).

An award-winning classroom math volunteer was turned away by the superintendent after months of service for his perceived opposition to the Reform Math curriculum (courtesy Leigh Liberman).


Anonymous said...

I'm a teacher and a parent, and my years of teaching and parenting have taught me one very important lesson: parents should never leave their children's education up to the school, particularly when it comes to basic, foundational skills such as reading, writing, and math. While I don't think that homeschooling is the answer, all parents should spend some time "afterschooling" in the evenings and on weekends and during summer vacations. The quality of education offered by schools is just too variable, and the risks of leaving your child's education up to the school are just too high. Garelick's article and your blog confirm that parents HAVE to ultimately bear the responsibility for their children's acquisition of basic reading, writing, and math skills.

Hainish said...

Ah, but the question is, SHOULD they have to? I think not. We all pay taxes so that schools can provide at least an adequate education, and when they fail to do that, the answer should NOT be that others pick up the slack for the school. The answer should be that we, the public, hold schools accountable.

momof4 said...

I agree completely, and it's a sad indictment of our system that it can't be trusted to teach kids the fundamentals. Of course, the least advantaged kids suffer the most, since their parents are likely to lack the ability and/or the motivation to remediate (or even to realize that remediation is needed).

ChemProf said...

I get that homeschooling isn't the answer societally, but individually? Why exactly should I turn my kid over to the state for six hours a day so they can be indoctrinated in a bunch of stuff I don't believe so that I can spend my free time with them explaining why we don't agree with teacher AND teaching basic skills? What possible sense does that make? And how can I spend that much time explaining why teacher is an idiot without causing misbehavior when that same teacher is in charge?