Saturday, November 22, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

NSF Funding for K-12 Math Programs

School math books, nonsense, and the National Science Foundation

On Evaluating Curricular Effectiveness: Judging the Quality of K-12 Mathematics Evaluations, Committee for a Review of the Evaluation Data on the Effectiveness of NSF-Supported and Commercially Generated Mathematics Curriculum Materials

That is an "and" I'm reading, right?

Exactly when were tax-payers recruited as investors?

Missouri State Board of Education

I hope that Missouri's State Board of Education has read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION available at:

If we want our children to be prepared for college level study, we need to follow the advice of the people who know mathematics. Mathematics professors know what is needed for students to experience success at higher levels of study.

When children are not provided the opportunity to learn basic concepts needed for future success, they (and their parents) experience unnecessary frustration and possible failure in reaching their personal goals.

I sincerely appreciate the time that these reviewers have generously given to analyze Missouri's document. Through their substantial time committment, they have demonstrated they truly care about Missouri's students!

Parents and teachers throughout the state need to stand up and say "no" to mediocre math standards and assessments. Read these reviews for yourself, and let our State Board of Education know what you think.

The BOE has an opportunity to lead the way in improving our math standards by rejecting the current draft K-12 math document and allowing college and university math faculty to steer us back on course - preparing K-12 students for success in college.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Show Me State

What's happening with Missouri's K-12 Math Standards?

Check out:

The Sept 20 entry is especially disturbing:
"Since I had already pointed out these issues in my original invited review of these standards, I can only assume that the authors are consciously determined to deprive Missouri students of the opportunity to learn this more and more vital part of elementary mathematics well enough to be able to realistically major in technical areas at the university level."

Check out: Missouri's Algebra I End of Course Exam

Does this look like Algebra I to you?
If you're not sure, ask an Algebra II teacher.

Is this really a problem? Ask a college math professor how many in-coming freshmen are placing into remedial math courses. Ask their opinion of our math standards.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Leading Us Astray

If you've read the misleading Ed Week article
"Where has all the knowledge Gone?"

you should also read this "Close Examination..."

It's time for Americans to stop letting this "research" hurt our children and insist that schools teach the "Major Topics of School Algebra" outlined in the NMP report.

What can you do to improve math education in your area?

1) Compare your state's math standards, learning goals and/or assessments to the list of "Major Topics of School Algebra."
2) Find out how many college freshmen are placing into remedial math courses. Has that percentage increased with the use of "reform" materials in the schools?
3) Express your concerns to local school boards, state representatives, and the state department of education.