Sunday, November 18, 2007

Olentangy and Everyday Mathematics

Everyday Math is finally being exposed as nothing more than Progressive fluff. Yet, Olentangy is going to adopt it once again. This means the program will be in the district for at least another five years.

The self-styled data-driven superintendent and administration are really agenda-drive. And, it's not the agenda of improved performance.

I have previously written about the failings of Everyday Math, including recent comments on academic outcomes in Singapore versus those in Olentangy and throughout the US. Two things of note:

1. The district is looking to continue to spend your tax dollars on this failed program. Note the current Five-Year Forecast to see that, besides being a waste, Everyday Math is expensive.

2. Texas just banned purchases of Everyday Math. So, Texas bans, Singapore achieves with traditional math programs, yet Olentangy stays the Progressive course. What in the world do district leaders do besides spend our money?

From Donna Garner in Texas:

The Texas State Board of Education voted today not to place Everyday Math (Grade 3) on the conforming list or the non-conforming list. Then the SBOE voted to reject the book completely. This means that school districts in Texas cannot buy Everyday Math with a penny of state funding.

Many math teachers at the secondary level blame Everyday Math for the fact that so many of their students do not know their four math functions to the automaticity level; and these teachers believe it is Everyday Math which has led to widespread failure among math students at the secondary level, thus contributing to increasing numbers of dropouts.

I am very proud of the Texas State Board of Education members who had the courage today to begin the process of taking our public schools back from the brink.

Donna Garner

1 comment:

Niki Hayes said...

Actually, the TX state board rejected only the 3rd grade text of Everyday Mathematics. However, this may be enough for districts not to adopt the K-5 series since they will have to pay for the 3rd grade edition from local money or not have vertically aligned instruction.

A Saxon supporter and a retired math teacher and elementary principal, I'm thrilled to see Saxon finally make the list of approved texts in Texas!