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.)