Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why Do Kids Hate Math? Probably Because of Incoherent Curriculum | Truth in American Education

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Why Do Kids Hate Math? Probably Because of Incoherent Curriculum

USA Today had an article entitled, “Why Kids Hate Math?”  A friend of TAE, Niki Hayes, responded saying the column’s author, Patrick Welsh who teaches at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, missed the larger point of why kids struggle in math:
The huge elephant in the room with failing math students is the incoherent curriculum that has been produced since the advent of the 1989 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Curriculum and Standards document. They created “reform” procedures and purposes of math education; this created a debacle in elementary grades as states jumped on board because of the NCTM’s goal of bringing equity to girls and minorities. The states also got big grants from the 

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