This post is intended to provide background information for anyone seeking to learn why America's math education is failing so many students. Parents may not learn of this failure until their child places into remedial math courses in college, but courageous mathematicians and scientists have earnestly tried to stop this nonsense for years!!
American Journal of Physics, February 2007
American School Board Journal, April 2000
My previous post had an example of how "reform" math "teaches" long division. The article above explains exactly why the standard algorithm must be mastered by students in elementary grades to prepare them to divide polynomials in algebra.