Sunday, April 3, 2011

Everyday Math and TERC Investigations = Bad Math Ed in US


Q & A with Jim Milgram 

Q:  Do you prefer Traditional Math over Reform Math?




Q & A with Ze'ev Wurman

Q:   If you had to rate EDM vs. Singapore Math in achieving real math proficiency, what would be your ranking on 1-10 scale (10 being best) for each program?

A:  Proficiency is hard to define. I would use the preparation for an authentic Algebra 1 course (Nat'l Advisory Math Panel definition) instead.

TERC = 2,
EDM = 4,
Saxon = 7 or 8,
Singapore (Primary Math) = 10.

Clearly, supplementation may change the results for the less effective programs. 


Must Read Website on TERC

A:  Anyone interested in majoring in a technical area should have a much more traditional program than the reform programs. Though there is nothing intrinsically wrong with some of the reform ideas, the implementations are worse than horrible at this time.

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