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MATH EDUCATION - AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

I have been involved in math education issues since I was a PTA president at North Beach Elementary School in North Seattle.  The PTA purchases Saxon Math for the school and we were concerned by being forced to abandon Saxon because of the Seattle School District's math adoption of "discovery" math curricula.  In 2005, Seattle was choosing between TERC Investigations and Everyday Mathematics.  I testified before the Seattle School District and the State Board of Education about how both of those curricula were not good.  Someone said, "You should put your testimony on video."  So I did.  The resulting video "Math Education - An Inconvenient Truth" has gone viral, and has over a million hits on YouTube.  I get emails from all over the U.S (and the world) on math curricula, most of them positive, thanking me for the video, telling me that they've been sending it to fellow parents, to school boards and linking it to blogs and websites. The math education issue is HUGE.

This is a video I made to introduce a math conference in the fall of 2011.  Just one answer to the question kids ask, "When will I ever need to know THIS?"

 

Here are a couple of excellent groups doing math education advocacy:

For Washington State:  Where's the Math?

For New York City, with lots of great national resources: NYC HOLD ("Honest Open Logical Decisions on Mathematics Education Reform")

Feel free to email me with your math issues, questions, stories.  If I cannot help you directly, I can put you in touch with someone who can.  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

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