Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Fuzzy Math" Faces Revolt in Texas

Because I teach in a private school, this all slipped right past me! I've just discovered that my own state had at one time adopted a "fuzzy math" curriculum, Everyday Mathematics.

I am so proud of the Texas state school board. They have responded to the complaints of many people in a number of school districts, and they have dropped that curriculum. Thank you, Terri Leo and others on the board for listening to parents, teachers, and district board members.

Go here to read the story. Be sure to scroll down and read the letters from parents at the bottom. Thank you Elizabeth Carson for letting us all know who Jesse Arnett is and why he writes with such strong support of Everyday Math.

Here is the story at Edwatch. Scroll through this page because there is so much linked here.


Anonymous said...

• As Dr. David Klein points out: “The maths wars are unlikely to end until programmes espoused by progressives incorporate the intellectual content demanded by parents of school children and mathematicians.”

• South Carolina: Everyday Math Bottoms out at Beaufort
• Illinois:
• Connecticut:
• New Jersey - Recall Everyday Math Long Valley
New Jersey Long Valley NJ recall Everyday Math
New Jersey Ridgewood:
New Jersey, Bridgewater-Raritan Parents Math Forum
• Missouri Columbia district back to traditional Math
• Washington State Math Mess- a case against constructivist Math
Washington State: Math Education and Inconvenient Truth (Video)
Washington State A University View:
Seattle school turns to Singapore Math
• Utah turning to the Far East

• Virginia: Stafford County - Everyday Math is dumbing down our children 2008
Virginia: Prince William County, Arlington County, Fairfax, Loudoun, Howard
Parents Rise against Everyday Math:
Virginia Prince William County: Parents take Action (2008)
• Texas:
Texas Rejects Everyday Math in part
Educational Research Analysts rate Everyday Math worst.
• California Rejects Everyday Math in part.
Cognitive Child Abuse in Our Math Classrooms By C. Bradley Thompson
• New York
New York and
New York - Fuzzy Math is not cuddly
• Massachusetts:
• Math Wars around the country:
• Humor: Peaceful movement to disarm Fuzzy Math

• 600 schools in the US have shifted to Singapore Math