Last month the University of Missouri REQUIRED student athletes to install an app, SpotterEDU, on their devices to track their attendance in class. The justification was that the university was […]
BreakawayIndividual.com Zy Marquiez February 7, 2020 There are countless books out there on Common Core, and many of them are rather well done. However, out of all the books available, this one resonated more than most. Drilling Through The Core does an exceptional job of detailing the Common Core issue trenchantly. The book’s impartial approach […]
“Traditionalists” (as they like to style themselves) are incapable of grasping the fact that high school math exists, and that most high school math teachers aren’t constructivists.
The above quote was from a blog written by a math teacher, and was a post about an article that Katharine Beals and I wrote which was published in online Atlantic in 2015. It caused a stir among those who don’t like what “traditionalists” have to say about teaching math.
In fact, we do know that most high school math teachers do not teach in the inquiry-based manner. What we also know is that in K-6, much of math has been dominated by the math reform ideology as embodied in many textbooks. Constance Kamii’s belief that teaching the standard algorithms to young children does them harm by eclipsing understanding has set the stage for how math has been and is being taught in…
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Jean Piaget, the Swiss psychologist, claimed that cognitive development proceeds in four genetically determined stages, and that they always follow the same order. This theory of child development, he called ‘genetic epistemology’, and it saw the minds of children as very different from those of adults. Importantly, this perception must be taken into account in…
In Jo Boaler’s “Mathematical Mindsets”, the following paragraph appears in Chapter 2:
“In workshops with Carol Dweck I often hear her tell parents to communicate to their children that it is not impressive to get work correct, as that shows they were not learning. Carol suggests that if children come home saying they got all their questions right in class or on a test, parents should say: “Oh, I’m sorry; that means you were not given opportunities to learn anything.” This is a radical message , but we need to give students strong messages to override an idea they often get in school — that it is most important to get everything correct, and that correctness is a sign of intelligence. Both Carol and I try to reorient teachers so they value correct work less and mistakes more.”
I wrote the following to Carol Dweck:
“Based on articles I’ve…
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It is hard to see a man who handed all five of his children up to an orphanage at birth, as an expert on the development and education of children. Prickly and paranoid, he managed to fall out with almost everyone, including those who tried to help him, like David Hume. Yet Jean Jacques Rousseau…
An article about a school using Eureka Math. It is the usual puff piece about a math program, but I guess in the interest of a “balanced story” (which is rare in math education reporting) they included this sentence:
“She acknowledged that with Eureka, fluency with math facts is not a daily practice, however teachers are finding other ways to introduce math facts into the middle school curriculum.”
And parents are probably drilling them at home.
I’ve heard mixed reviews about Eureka Math, and had some words with one of the people in charge of the program.
I also made reference to Eureka in this article.
Florida is one of a growing number of states claiming to do away with Common Core. We’ll see whether Florida’s new standards are really different or just a tweaked version of CC as has been the case in other states that claim they’ve jettisoned CC. But the quote below from Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran does sound promising. (From Miami Herald.)
One of the biggest changes could be the way students learn math. The previous, Common Core-based standards, emphasized understanding the logic behind math equations. Corcoran on Friday said math should go back to the basics of arriving at the answer to form a stronger foundation.
“When you’re trying to remember what’s four times four, and you have to think about it and it’s not automatic, you’re never going to be able to conquer algebra and all those other courses,” he said.