Wagons in a Circle, Dept

.Fordham’s now infamous survey showing that “Eighty-five percent of instructors report that parents misunderstand the new methods and are less likely to reinforce math learning at home” proved what Fordham wants us to believe:  I.e., that parents don’t know what they’re talking about, they’re against it because it wasn’t how they were taught, etc etc.  (They say nothing about the fact that standard algorithms are delayed for years, and in their stead, alternative methods are being taught–even though std algorithms MAY be taught earlier than the grade in which they appear in the standards, as confirmed by Jason Zimba and Bill McCallum.)

So just to make sure that everyone is on the same page with objections to CC math standards being all the fault of parents, and that multiple methods are good, and “rote learning” (which of course is the only other alternative) is bad, Fordham put together a little seminar of talking heads. At the same time, people could tweet comments to ‪#‎CCParents‬ which some did, but looking over the tweets, I was one of the few who had anything negative to say. NCTM seemed to weigh in quite a bit.

For the record, I don’t believe that the reaction we are seeing among parents to how CC is being implemented is unwarranted, nor should they be vilified. There is some credibility to their claims which should be taken seriously.

But if you’re up for more punishment, you can watch the video and decide for yourself what’s really being promoted and what’s really being dismissed. And then enroll your child in Kumon, like many are doing/have done.


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