Thursday, September 01, 2011
HAVE 'BELOW BASIC' MATH SKILLS
Care to join the discussion?
Oy vey. First order of business is to enroll your child in an after-school math tutoring or enrichment program, STAT. You cannot count on schools to instruct children and youth in math any more. Sigh. Sure, that'll cost you money out of your own pocket on top of high school taxes. But do you want your kid to grow up devoid of mathematical skill and qualified only to be a crash test dummy . . . or a school curriculum director? (Sorry -- that wasn't kind -- but why, oh why, can't these birds SEE why the kids can't read, write or figure any more?!?)
Anyway . . . though this is bad news, maybe it'll be good in the long run. More and more, people are waking up to the fact that when you quit teaching kids the basic skills of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, their intellectual and academic progress is going to suffer, bigtime.
Maybe this will be the Tipping Point that will get the Big Shot Powers That Be to finally, finally ash-can Whole Language, Invented Spelling, and Whole Math, and get back to traditional phonics for reading instruction, insisting on correctly-written and spelled papers, and good, old-fashioned, know-it-by-heart math facts.
Sure can hope.
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