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From a semi-retired early childhood teacher and current legislator

posted Jan 7, 2012, 12:17 PM by Bill Duncan
As a lifelong educator and former public school teacher, the outcome of this vote is horrifying.

I was present at a sub-committee meeting on this bill.  The discussion did NOT center around controversial topics in subjects such as sex ed, but rather on the METHOD of teaching elementary mathematics.  The subcommittee members specifically mentioned Everyday Math.  They did not like Everyday Math because parents didn't understand it.  (Obviously they had read some screed about fuzzy math.)

As a primary grade teacher for many years, I began envisioning what my second grade math class might have been like under this law.  An hour a day to teach math, 20 kids.  Using the district approved math program with 10 of them, then being forced to teach by a different method and with different materials, with a different scope and sequence, 3 or 4 or 5 or more different lessons to different kids.

Do it all over again with reading and language arts, then science, then social get the picture.

This is supposed to make things better?