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Single Parents - Divorced Adults Group Message Board › Connected Mathematics / common core

Connected Mathematics / common core

Madison, WI
Post #: 42
Are there any other parents of grade / middle school kids (in MMSD and possibly elsewhere) who are frustrated (angry, disgusted, livid) about the Connected Mathematics Project program? This has to be the worst math texts ever devised. For those fortunate not not be familiar with it, it features books that do not contain standard algorithms for solving problems, teachers who are instructed not to teach standard algorithms, emphasis on using calculators, and a number of badly written essay questions (not story problem, but questions that require a written essay for an answer).

I've added common core as part of the problem because I found this in the common core documentation:
While memorization of math facts is still important, more emphasis will be placed on true comprehension. To demonstrate their depth of understanding, students will be required to explain in writing how they solved a math problem.
This is just plain wrong. It's like saying to demonstrate your understanding of French, write an essay in English about French, or to demonstrate your proficiency in playing an instrument, write an essay about it.

The effect of this will be first to turn students off of math, particularly those who would normally be interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) but are not big on writing essays. Second any student who does not have strong parental support in math will struggle and possibly fail any higher math because they don't have the skills and foundations necessary to succeed.
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