In what can only seem to be head-shaking perversity, the board forces something called the Chicago Math and Science Initiative on ailing schools, enforced by its network of so-called Area Instructional Offices.
As can be seen from the instructional materials used by CMSI, it's all of the worst fuzzy type:
Purpose: To promote instructional coherence across K-8 mathematics classrooms by recommending and supporting specific research- and inquiry-based instructional materials.Students who desperately need structure, coherence, instruction and solid foundational knowledge are fed this fuzzy crap, guaranteed to perpetuate failure.
Description: The mathematics instructional materials designated for grades K-8 in the Chicago Public Schools are:
Primary Grades Mathematics: Math Trailblazers and Everyday Mathematics
Middle Grades Mathematics: Connected Mathematics and Math Thematics
This information can be used as a resource by other elementary schools that seek to align their use of instructional materials with that supported by CMSI.
The science component is of a similar vein. All "inquiry" and discovery and no foundational knowledge.