November 14, 2006

Where's The Math Makes The NYT

And the front page, at that. Here's the article. And here are the opening paragraphs:

For the second time in a generation, education officials are rethinking the teaching of math in American schools.

The changes are being driven by students' lagging performance on international tests and mathematicians' warnings that more than a decade of so-called reform math —critics call it fuzzy math — has crippled students with its de-emphasizing of basic drills and memorization in favor of allowing children to find their own ways to solve problems.

If you are at all interested in math education, you will want to read the whole article. And if you want to know more about Where's the Math?, the local group featured in the article, here's their site.

Posted by Jim Miller at November 14, 2006 12:13 PM | Email ThisComments

Of course, we now have warm and fuzzy teaching, where every child is unique and special and their feelings are always of special consideration, so the kids are screwed over from day one.

Since the state of our schools is a direct result of a unionized government monopoly that resists all efforts to change the system, we essentially have ourselves to blame. However, a few mass firings would certainly help quite a bit.

Posted by: H Moul on November 14, 2006 01:07 PMI am amazed at the young people who work for me who are "awed" at my ability to do simple math in my head. What a shame, what a waste. I hope that the schools recognize that a strong foundation in basic math will allow these children to learn the fuzzy stuff later on and do quite well, but they need the basics first.

Posted by: the duke on November 14, 2006 01:12 PMAs long as Johnny feels good about himself screw the math, the writing, grammar, civics, history.

Johnny can feel good about himself and the welfare check will come every week.

Lack of math skills is a symptom of a disease. If we want our kids to have the math skills treating the symptom is only temporary. The disease will kill us and the bloody math scores will be an afterthought.

The disease is socialism, cloaked in liberalism with is embodied in the Democrat party.

Math skills, or any skill makes a person independent, self reliant. Socialism requires that the individual be dependent upon the state. The "progressives" which in reality are socialist, has driven the school cirrcula agenda for too long and the math scores are a symptom of this agenda to make every individual dependent up the government.

It is getting close to reality given the last election. To many people are historically ignorant, ignorant of the meaning of individual liberty, consent of the governed and limited government.

Math skills are going to be a moot issue if the current trend continues. The goal must be the return to the roots of a Constitutional Representative Republic of Limited Government and Individual Sovereignty.

Posted by: JCM on November 14, 2006 01:14 PMlike any astute WA trail hiker or Boy Scout/Girl Scout troop leader on a trail, allowing everyone to find their own way is a sure way for disaster.

some basics are in need. direction. guidance. discipline. hard work. sorry, no short cuts to success. learning is not pretty. maybe in your video game. not in life. back to basics.

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Posted by: Ferndalien on November 14, 2006 07:18 PMPosted by: Peggy U on November 14, 2006 09:35 PM

children that the Chicago public school system labeled as learning disabled and behavior problems. The children excelled. Because of the Wisconsin voucher program, she was able to open a branch in Milwaukee. A good basic classic education which actually emphasizes skill development and critical thinking is more useful to children, especially at risk children than a lot of the "education fad" curriculum that has been forced on the public. Well derserved kudos to Where's the Math. Posted by: WVH on November 14, 2006 10:14 PM

Bread and circuses only, please. Ignore those barbarians at the frontiers. Posted by: Steve on November 15, 2006 09:51 AM

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