Chariho School Parents’ Forum

March 13, 2007

“New Math” Videos

Filed under: National,Student Performance — Editor @ 9:21 pm

Much has been said about the “New Math,” and its possible connection with falling math performance.  As an “Old Schooler” I have to agree that I find it confusing.  Here are some videos describing different math curriculum.  We have discussed this topic before.

Math: An Inconvenient Truth Video 1

Math Education: A University Study Video 2

You can find more information at and

[UPDATE]  One of our readers posted the following quotes from a petition presented by parents in NY.

From a 2005 parent petition in Penfield, NY –
“Although it has taken some years for Penfield parents to figure out what is really happening, we now understand. Our students are not learning math! Why? Because they are never taught the math in the first place, and have no reference material to learn it on their own. Because multiplication tables and basic number sense are not practiced by our children in elementary schools, they don’t have the number sense they need in middle school to understand basic algebra and geometry skills. By the time they reach high school, they are ill prepared for college preparatory classes like calculus, and then it is too late.”

From the same petition a student weighs in (notice the expressed frustration which mirror what my wife has encountered) –
“Believe it or not but some of us students want to learn. There have been students who have gone to math teachers and asked them stop using this book and to teach them something and make them learn and understand math. The frustration level is high among the students. We despise this math program. I cannot give you all the statistics on how well the students do on SATs or other standardized tests but I can tell you that the students are not happy with this program; they hate it.”



  1. I’ve posted some additional information on the Hopkinton Speaks website as well. I found one supplemental program call Singapore Math which might work for parents who want to tutor their children and provide them with the math basics missing from the TERC curriculum.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 14, 2007 @ 12:41 am | Reply

  2. On Hopkinton Speaks Ms. Capalbo said that a meeting was held last night and the subject of math curriculum was discussed. Mr. Felkner, do you happen to know the time cable will broadcast the meeting tonight?

    Ms. Capalbo wrote positively about your contribution and leadership on this issue. Please continue down this path. Thank you.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 14, 2007 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  3. The meeting will be aired tonight (Wed) at 8pm and Friday at noon. You can find all town council and school board meeting schedules in the “Chariho Links” link on the right side of the page. There are also links to other pages you might find useful.

    Comment by cspf — March 14, 2007 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

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