This Passes For Math?

Tens of thousands of high school seniors are failing minimum graduation standards. Many cannot read their own diplomas. The academic achievement of U.S. children is falling below the achievement of children in many other developed nations. This holds many implications with the rise of the global economy. As more capable and talented workforces rise in other countries, designers, manufacturers and producers will move to utilize them, decreasing opportunities, jobs and the standard of living for those here in the U.S.The solution is not to oppose trade, impose tariffs, or artificially make the U.S. workforce more competitive. To do so is a disfavor to U.S. ingenuity and genius because it fosters mediocrity.

U.S. workers are better than that and do not need help competing on a global scale.The best we can do is educate the workforce, but we are not doing this. Watch this video and see what passes for math in Washington state. Ever heard of the Lattice Method, the Partial Products method, or Cluster Problems method of double-digit multiplication? Neither have I and, after watching this video, neither do I want to hear it again.

M. J. McDermott shows of examples of TERC and Everyday Math problems. (Link HERE.)

2 thoughts on “This Passes For Math?”

  1. I watched about half of this and my head started to hurt. They actually teach this stuff in public school? My husband is in school right now trying to get his BA in Computer Securities (I think thats what its called..LOL) and he is taking this Math class that has nothing to do with what he is going to school for. Supposedly it is the Math behind programming. His degree isn’t for programming though. Anyway, this stuff looks real similar to what he has to do. He has to show his work and it takes him an hour to do one problem. IT is more complex than this, but lots of algorithms. I don’t get why you would use these methods when we have a perfectly fine simpler method.

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