Chariho School Parents’ Forum

January 19, 2007

Narragansett “New Math” follow-up

Filed under: State-wide,Student Performance — Editor @ 6:49 am

In the Providence Journal, the problems with “New Math” have come up again.

… the Investigations math program, which emphasizes theory and deemphasizes, to some extent, basic skills and memorization.

School officials adopted the program with the aim of raising student achievement, but some parents have complained that it is confusing their children to the point where they are no longer performing at grade level.

“There are definitely a lot of parents that are concerned that their children are falling behind,” said Martha Mulligan, who has two children at Narragansett Elementary School. “They’re supposed to learn the skills somehow, but they don’t really focus on them.”

The article describes the after-school programs being developed to supliment the in-class instructions.  It makes one wonder how much time and money we have to spend to bring the new math to the point that it achieves the goals of the old math.

Other reports on this subject can be found here and here.

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