Chariho School Parents’ Forum

May 13, 2008

Good news for math?

Filed under: Math — Editor @ 3:35 pm

There is an update over at the “Analysis Math” page.  Asst. Superintendent provided some information regarding Dr. Quirk’s concerns.



  1. Are you saying that the math program currently being piloted teaches the skills deemed crucial by Mr. Quirk? The Assistant Superintendent said these mathematical skills are mastered with the pilot curriculum?

    I am worried that Mr. Quirk refers to TERC. I’ve come to understand that contructivism is the culprit and TERC is a brand name for a company selling textbooks using constructivist theories. There are other companies selling curriculum using contructivist ideologies. I hate for us to get suckered into accepting another constructivist curriculum thinking we are safe because it wasn’t sold to us by TERC.

    I truly hope the new math curriculum does a 180 and Chariho is purged of any memory of constructivist math. Are there any plans to aggressively fix the problems caused by constructivist math? I fear that many of our current students will have great difficulties in college should they pursue science or math majors. The end result may be several years where few Chariho graduates will have any chance of pursuring careers requiring math expertise. Tragic this happened. Heads should roll and Mr. Ricci should be the first one on the chopping block.

    The contructivist catastrophe demonstrates what happens when School Committees don’t do their job of oversight. I suspect we will face some of the same issues down the road when it comes to RYSE’s one-size (MST) fits all approach to special education needs. Those who don’t learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 13, 2008 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  2. If constructivist math is gone I’ll be doing a jig tonight! I do feel badly for the kids who may never fully recover from the math they weren’t taught.

    Comment by Truth or Consequences — May 13, 2008 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  3. The question is: What are we going to do about the children who are currently in the system and have suffered with TERC’s Fuzzy math? How will the district help them? What is the district’s plans?

    Comment by Lois Buck — May 13, 2008 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

  4. So what is “TERC” ? Totally Egregious Ridiculous Concept?

    Comment by Dorothy Gardiner — May 16, 2008 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  5. TERC – terrific education regarding chariho

    Comment by oh boy — May 16, 2008 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  6. Somebody defending TERC now? Must be a Richmond moron.

    Comment by Real Question — May 16, 2008 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  7. This editorial mentioned NECAP math scores and the need for the state’s school committees to join forces for change in RI. Enjoy.

    Comment by Lois Buck — May 18, 2008 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  8. who cares

    Comment by lolipop — May 18, 2008 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  9. No one, anywhere in New England, including #1 Massachusetts, did well on the NECAP test. It is seriously flawed. The only thing it has going for it is that the Math teachers are finally deciding to fix/reform TERC and its unprepared students. Everyone was mortified at the results. I respect the teachers for being upset for their students, their program and for themselves.

    Comment by BarbaraC — May 23, 2008 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

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