Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth
September 6, 2008 3:02 AM Subscribe
Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth.
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How children learn (or: don't learn
) math today.
The video explains the new ways children are taught division and multiplication and what is wrong with new new math (not to be confused with the new math
that was taught in the sixties) or whole math
From the textbook in the video:The authors of Everyday Mathematics do not believe it is worth students’ time and effort to fully develop highly efficient paper-and-pencil algorithms for all possible whole-number, fraction, and decimal division problems. Mastery of the intricacies of such algorithms is a huge endeavor, one that experience tells us is doomed to failure for many students. It is simply counter-productive to invest many hours of precious class time on such algorithms. The mathematical payoff is not worth the cost, particularly because quotients can be found quickly and accurately with a calculator.