Saturday, January 20, 2007

Everyday Math - A big waste of time and money

Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth



This is a great YouTube.com video on the differences between traditional math and the current flavor of the constructivist, Progressive education in vogue at districts such as Olentangy. In fifteen minutes, you will understand why district students struggle through math.

You will also find yourself wondering why the administration adopted such a mess. Simply ask Jeff Brown, the new Executive Director of Elementary Learning, why the district continues to embrace failed programs such as Everyday Math. I can only imagine his response.

The video's M.J. McDermott is able to effectively explain the issue because she has not been inculcated into the current education mess. She is a successful user of math; not some educationist living the life of PT Barnum's fool.

note: When administrators such as Mr. Brown spin the party line and you find yourself thinking they are speaking nonsense, don't question your instinct. Your instinct is correct: They are speaking nonsense, and they actually believe what they are saying. The sad part: Your paying for it whether you like it or not.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My son who has just completed 4th grade at Oak Creek Elementary received his standardized test results. He has scored below the state minimum in math, so we have taken him to get remedial math instruction. He has tested 1 1/2 grade levels below where he should be, he has no concept of math basics, and I am being told that it is due to the confusing and worthless method of Everyday Mathematics. How can a successful and respected district like Olentangy subscribe to this mess of a program? I'm disgusted!!