No Need to Dumb Down The Math Curriculum

Pulles, Gregory J.
May 2005
Education Week;5/4/2005, Vol. 24 Issue 34, p41
The article presents the author's comments on the commentary "Math Emerges as Big Hurdle for Teenagers," published in the March 23, 2005 issue of the journal "Education Week." Blacks do not do as well as whites in math because they are disproportionately enrolled in schools that have adopted integrated math. The notion that children will do better in mathematics if they delve into the deeper concepts is hogwash. Here in Minneapolis, Minnesota, most African-Americans flunk the 8th grade basic-skills math test. That is because the integrated math curriculum in use at their schools does not enable these students to learn traditional algorithms. They lack basic mathematical skills.


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