Guest Post By “Raging Redneck”:
If you live in Prince William County and send your child to public school, the answer is unfortunately, yes. Believe it or not, PWCS has implemented the controversial math program called TERC Investigations in Number, Data and Space, a radical program that has been widely criticized and shown to be inadequate in teaching children the basics of math.
In a nutshell, “Math Investigations” tosses out the time-tested and reliable system of teaching children simple algorithms. For those of you who don’t recall what an algorithm is, this is the way you learned to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Instead, this “fuzzy math” relies more on exploration and discovery and ultimately the overuse of calculators. See this youtube video for a better explanation, and you won’t believe your eyes:
You can read recent articles about the program and sign an online petition at pwcteachmathright.com. Over 750 residents have signed so far. Be sure to read the heartbreaking comments hundreds have left. Here are just a few:
“My daughter has reverted from knowing math facts, to solving each problem by counting her fingers since we moved here.”
“My third grade son is being left behind in math because of this program.”
“Don’t experiment with my child!”
Several sources report that by the fifth grade, children taught with the “Math Investigations” curriculum have fallen behind by two years! Despite its demonstrated deficiencies and criticism from noted professors, education experts and parents, the PWC School Board seems to be taking an entrenched position regarding its continued use. They argue that discontinuing Math Investigations would skew the results of its evaluation and therefore its use must continue until it is proven to be failing our children. They also cite that millions of dollars have been spent on the program so far. The county has spent millions of dollars on a lousy math curriculum, and we can’t discontinue it because we sunk so much money on it and haven’t yet assembled enough statistics to prove how bad it is failing our children. Are you kidding me?
Unbelievably, our kids are being used as guinea pigs. The next school board meeting is February 6. You might want to attend.
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