Here is a 15 minutes long video that you can view online (free) on YouTube, showing some new ways that math is being taught to schooled kids whose schools use these two math curriculums.
The two curriculums she criticizes are:
Investigations in Numbers, Data and Space
The woman in the video is a concerned parent of a public schooled student. She is also a meteorologist who learned from college professors upon returning to college for an advanced degree in math, that incoming college students were unable to do basic math such as 4x6=? without the use of a calculator.
She is concerned that abandoning the old ways of doing multiplication and division are hindering children and older students from learning. Also children in grades four and up are being encouraged to use a calculator instead of doing math on paper which is another issue.
If these new ways were working I don’t think anyone would be complaining.
Title of video: Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth
Did you know American math performance has been declining and we are sinking lower and lower in the world’s rankings of math ability? That issue was covered in the 20/20 “Stupid in America” show that originally aired in January 2006.
Despite it being a copyright violation the “Stupid in America” documentary show is on YouTube right now. It is 40 minutes long, as they took the commercials out. If this URL doesn’t work, go to YouTube.com and do a keyword search on “stupid in America” and you’ll probably find it.
The 20/20 show addresses “we just need more money” issue that schools cry out, and says that it is “a big lie”.
You should watch both videos, really! Every taxpayer should watch it as should every parent no matter if their kids are in public school, private or homeschooled.
Hat Tip: Judy Aron, Consent of the Governed
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