Saturday, April 21, 2007

DOE to parents: Don't mess with the fuzzies

Occasionally slightly testy but mostly to the point text savvy takes issue with the Department of Education's recommendation that parents become a cog in fuzzy math schemes:

Try to be aware of how your child is being taught math, and don't teach strategies and shortcuts that conflict with the approach the teacher is using. Check in with the teacher and ask what you can do to help. Ask the teacher about online resources that you can use with your child at home.
(Via KTM II)

text savvy observes dryly that parents have a long history of passing on various skills to their offspring:

In case anyone (like the DOE) needs the obvious stated, parents have been successfully passing on low-order and high-order cognitive skills to their offspring long before there were schools, lesson plans, professional development seminars, research grants, or instructional philosophies.
text savvy even alludes to evolutionary roots explaining this parent behavior but is willing to make exceptions for certain tribes in a bow to the phenomenon of bongo-bongoism.


Exo said...

Right. by re-teaching math at home ( shortcuts, rules, steps and other working methods) we are making somebody's job harder (or make someone look incompetent?)

How about this: I am a mom and a teacher, which makes it kind of easier to reply to "But Ms. X said...." My only hope is that my son doesn't tell in school tha I spend 1 min with him on working on HW from EM book, and make him sit for an hour doind problems and drilling rules from russian math textbook.)))

CrypticLife said...
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CrypticLife said...

Heh. We spend no time on TERC math with our son. It bores him.

He's on third grade in an intense-practice Kumon book, and we supplement it with conversations about more advanced math topics.

This past weekend, it was the Pythagorean theorem. He's in first grade. [sarcasm] Yeah, sure, I'm really worried about "interfering" with the American math education process. [/sarcasm]