Friday, January 26, 2007

Is This The “New, New, New Math”?

Here is a 15 minutes long video that you can view online (free) on YouTube, showing some new ways that math is being taught to schooled kids whose schools use these two math curriculums.

The two curriculums she criticizes are:

Investigations in Numbers, Data and Space

Everyday Mathematics

The woman in the video is a concerned parent of a public schooled student. She is also a meteorologist who learned from college professors upon returning to college for an advanced degree in math, that incoming college students were unable to do basic math such as 4x6=? without the use of a calculator.

She is concerned that abandoning the old ways of doing multiplication and division are hindering children and older students from learning. Also children in grades four and up are being encouraged to use a calculator instead of doing math on paper which is another issue.

If these new ways were working I don’t think anyone would be complaining.

Title of video: Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth

Did you know American math performance has been declining and we are sinking lower and lower in the world’s rankings of math ability? That issue was covered in the 20/20 “Stupid in America” show that originally aired in January 2006.

Despite it being a copyright violation the “Stupid in America” documentary show is on YouTube right now. It is 40 minutes long, as they took the commercials out. If this URL doesn’t work, go to and do a keyword search on “stupid in America” and you’ll probably find it.

The 20/20 show addresses “we just need more money” issue that schools cry out, and says that it is “a big lie”.

You should watch both videos, really! Every taxpayer should watch it as should every parent no matter if their kids are in public school, private or homeschooled.

Hat Tip: Judy Aron, Consent of the Governed

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Marsha said...

Oooohhh, I saw that video the other night and nearly blew a gasket. I swear, if my son or daughter came home with math like that I would...well I don't know what. Although our district is one of the many that use the "curriculum" in question we're hoping and planning that he'll never been subject to it.

My husband is an engineer who collects degrees and works with new graduates - he is continually astonished at their total lack of mathematical and scientific knowledge. Even the ones who attended "the best" high schools and universities are unable - unless they have a native talent wasn't squashed by their formal educations - to conduct the simplest procedures. It's so sad, he says, because they so want to be able to work in their areas of interest (he's in biomechanics and tissue engineering) and they just can't - and they have no idea how their schooling has betrayed them because their so invested in having attended Insert Big Name Fancy School Here. It's a darn (I'd like to use a stronger word, but I don't think you'd appreciate it ;)) shame and one that will haunt this country for a long, long time.

Birdie said...

Thanks for the well-researched heads up! I will definitely have to check out some of those videos.

Barbara Frank said...

Jeepers....that is pathetic.
I used Miquon and then Saxon all the way through high school with my kids. My son just took the GRE and scored high on the English portion and very high on the math portion. Ironically, he has not taken a math class since freshman year of college, as he is a theology major. Let's hear it for Saxon! :)
Thanks for this post, and for stopping by my blog, too.

christinemm said...

receved this by email----

"Hi, Christine,
It's Brian, from again.
I hope things are going well with your child's decision about homeschooling.

Your link to youTube got me interested in the problems the woman in it talks about. I've made lots of posts on my blog going into many details about the situation, and what might be done about it. Today I'm putting up a lesson about how to multiply in an easy and more intelligent way than most of us have even seen before. Check it out when you get a chance.

Would you consider putting a link on your blog to
if you think it's appropriate?

Thanks for your consideration.

All the best,