I’ve been spending some time researching educational options lately, trying to decide what curricula would be best for my children next year, and today I found a link to a video about some math books that are being used in public schools. If you haven’t thought much about math for years, you might be interested to see what they’re teaching kids these days. It’s ridiculous! Some of these things might be a good introduction to the concepts of multiplication and division, but it’s appalling to think of never teaching them more than this. NO WONDER so many high school graduates don’t know how to do basic math without a calculator. One of these books even says that there’s really no point in spending much time on learning algorithms (how to solve a math problem) because a calculator is easier, quicker, and more accurate. Well, ooookay!
So the question that haunts me is…if you don’t teach your child math, are you really teaching him to think? Does a child learn all the necessary problem solving and logic skills necessary to a functional life? I really question it.
Edit: I just discovered that there is a two-part response to this video. It’s a good, thoughtful view from a college math professor. He agrees that there is a problem, but disagrees on what exactly the problem is.