>An Open Public Records Act request was filed with the district in the summer, but the information requested is still being gathered.
Public Comment. Discussion around the table. The math issue still exists regardless of some homework seeming to be genuine in its mathematics. Inside the classroom, the TERC materials still rule the math hour for students at Travell and Orchard. If it is quality curriculum material, then why isn’t the district sending home with the children their TERC 2nd edition Student Activity Book and why hasn’t the district provided the children with TERC 2nd edition reference books? I mean if children and parents have difficulty with the new pedagogy espoused by the TERC materials, wouldn’t those books help to build a strong home to school connection? Or is the district afraid the pictures within such books are “worth a thousand words”? Would none of those “pictures” be complementary to the program. Just how much money did the BOE authorize and the district spend on TERC? How long of a term is our licensing agreement with the TERC publisher and the CMP2 pubisher? Answers to those questions will inform parents as to how long this reform math mess will exist in their neck of Ridgewood.
Parent with a PhD Chemical Engineering offers some sage words to the BOE
Parent returns with questions asked before and so much more for the BOE
Visit the Math Help For Kids section of this website. Houghton Mifflin has eBooks of its 2005 math series. Download it. Print it. Follow it. Teach it to your child. Content matters in mathematics. If you can’t purchase Singapore Mathematics or Saxon Mathematics for home schooling your child, try the material from Houghton Mifflin.
Mathematics is the one subject where content matters. And Singapore Mathematics and Saxon Mathematics honor the scholarly body of work that is mathematics – it honors its precision, its algorithms, and its appropriate sequence. So if the focus isn’t on the very algorithms of the body of work called mathematics; then in the words of the Ph.D at this evenings BOE meeting: the algorithms are being short shrifted. And my own comment, within those algorithms lie a world of learning.