kitchen table math, the sequel: momof4 boils it down

Saturday, January 14, 2012

momof4 boils it down

on another thread, momof4 writes:
As far as I can tell, the best-performing countries don't expect their kids to discover multiplication, reading or anything else on their own; teachers explicitly teach the material.
Until this moment, I had never thought of it quite this starkly -- but now that I am thinking of it quite this starkly, my sense is that momof4 is probably right.

From time to time high-performing countries seem to decide they need to be more creative, which seems to mean sending teams of teachers to the U.S. to observe our cr**** math curricula,* but these initiatives never seem to last.

*I'm not going to take the time now to track down the links.

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