In August I posted on the waivers the Obama administration is issuing to the many states which, after 13 years, have still not prepared their students to comply with the No Child Left Behind’s math requirements. I asked, are our student’s really so stupid? Last week, I noticed a lot of visitors to that article, and discovered that it was assigned homework for 5th graders. See a mind-boggling video on teaching methods below. SEE AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ON CURRENT LEGISLATION BELOW (green text)
The waivers are still offered. The question remains, are student’s really so stupid or is the teaching just poor? There is another question to consider: Are teachers forced to teach methods that prevent proper teaching and adequate learning?
Grumpy Opinions has an article up dated September 2011, explaining the new math with a video that will astonish you. I no longer have children in K-12 so I am not the best judge of how our children are instructed in math, but I bet parents who currently have elementary-aged children may not know the depth of the absurdity of the methods taught across our Nation’s public schools.
Over the years I’ve heard people complain about the lack of very basic skills kids have when they finish High School. Educators have demanded and gotten more money, smaller class sizes and the latest and greatest in modern educational tools. The result is a lower quality finished product than we had fifty years and hundreds of billions of ago. Now we’ve gotten to the point that everyone is blaming everyone, the parents blame the schools and the teachers, In turn the schools and the teachers blame the parents.
Every year the experts come up with a new solution, but it will cost money. Somehow the experts don’t get blamed– they just get more money out of the deal.. Before we go any farther, take a look at the video.. The narrator gets much better as she gets into her subject, she’s not so good at first.
The video takes some time to watch, but if you care about a child’s public school education, I think you will find it worthwhile. Keep in mind that the teaching methods in the video are designed for 5th graders. We cannot always know what goes on the in the classroom. Versions of “New Math” have been around for years. The question is: why do we need it?
UPDATE 8-7-11: Grumpy, who is quoted in this article just left the following heads-up on current information to approve and renew No Child Left Behind.
“Maggie, tomorrow the there will be a Senate hearing to discuss reaffirming No Child Left Behind, the Bill is 800 pages long with a 1000 pages of amendments, committee members were handed the bill less than 48 hours before it was scheduled to be voted on. Rand Paul insisted on a hearing, otherwise it would have been voted and approved without anyone looking at it.. Paul had wanted a full hearing, with teachers, parents and principals… According to Sandra from Grumpy Educators, instead of that, they have a lobbyist from Pearson Testing scheduled.
Pearson is the largest standardized testing company in the country… Since Pearson has made a fortune of the mandatory testing from NCLB and since it will make several tons money if the new and improved version (with more tests) is passed he’s not exactly an objective witness. But he’s an “expert” so he’s the guy the Senate will hear.. In reality he’s a lawyer and a very well paid salesman.
What teacher has time to absorb 1800 pages of new laws, plus the regulations the DoEd with add to enforce the law? The legislators who will pass the law don’t know what’s in it, but we expect our teachers to.. Get the salespeople masquerading as experts out of it and let out teachers teach..”
This is a good time to call your legislator.
Demonstration of how your children are taught Math (video)
1) Why do we tolerate the necessity of remedial classes in universities before a student can actually begin his/her college studies?
2) Is the math that you and I learned still taught anywhere?
3) Has there been any backlash coming from parents who see the teaching methods as ridiculous and harmful?