Panel Calls for Systematic, Basic Approach to Math
Federal advisory group’s proposals may reignite debate on ‘broken’ content and instruction
The influence of a federal report calling for a more orderly approach to teaching mathematics in the early grades will hinge largely on whether its message is accepted by the nation’s diverse and often fiercely divided math community, members of the panel that crafted it acknowledge.
Released this week, the report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel recommends that schools present elementary and middle school math in a better-defined manner, in contrast to the jumble of strategies now used in states and school districts.
“The delivery system in mathematics education—the system that translates mathematical knowledge into value and ability for the next generation—is broken and must be fixed,” it says. “This is not a conclusion about any single element of the system. It is about how the many parts do not now work together to achieve a result worthy of this...
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