Saturday, March 15, 2008

Landing in the garbage with a thud...

This week, after two years of deliberation, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel released their report aimed at improving math education in this country. And you could almost hear the sound of textbooks--that heavy one in your kid's backpack, and a stack of high-stakes math tests, the kind your kid take every year--landing in the garbage can with a thud.

Wow. That's a little harsh. I think that all those Everyday Math books and pitiful standardized tests that mirror them still have some value. They should at the very least be recycled into usable paper products. That way, trees would not have died in vain and all that garbage won't take up space in our nation's landfills.

*reduce * reuse * recycle

Calculating a New Approach
A report on math education fuels the debate about the Singapore model. What is it--and would it work here?

Peg Tyre
Newsweek Web Exclusive
Mar 14, 2008 Updated: 4:33 p.m. ET Mar 14, 2008


lefty said...

Speaking of Everyday Math, I just blogged about the New York and Michigan report cards you blogged about earlier--crediting you as my source. Thanks again for these--they're priceless.

concernedCTparent said...

Thanks. You didn't have to credit me, they were there for the taking. It still surprises me that they would get involved at that level with schools and their report cards.

I'll be popping over to read your blog entry. You do have a truly wonderful blog. Keep up the good work.