Tuesday, November 14, 2006

US Math Scores Lagging

What a surprise, US math scores are lagging again. According to an article in today's NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/14/education/14math.html?em&ex=1163653200&en=ec4f0429e022f0b9&ei=5087). It seems the NCTM has decided that fuzzy math is just not doing it anymore. It is not enough to have kids draw pictures and explore their feelings. They need drill and rote practice. It is interesting that this article came out a few days after Principal Suit made us sit in the auditorium reading an article on alternative methods to teaching. One of the things this article said is if kids don't get geometry, walk them around the building so they can find rectangles. I hope now that Principal Suit and the Board of Regents has seen this article we can get back to the basics of teaching math.

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