tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post115858468979723659..comments2021-10-08T08:17:52.785-04:00Comments on D-Ed Reckoning: Cats and Dogs Getting AlongKDeRosahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comBlogger16125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158867088345110222006-09-21T15:31:00.000-04:002006-09-21T15:31:00.000-04:00No, I haven't. Is there anything more in it than ...No, I haven't. Is there anything more in it than what's avaialble inother paper's he's written?KDeRosahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158866671352451972006-09-21T15:24:00.000-04:002006-09-21T15:24:00.000-04:00Have you read KNOWLEDGE DEFICIT yet?I'm persuaded ...Have you read KNOWLEDGE DEFICIT yet?<BR/><BR/>I'm persuaded we need national curriculum standards. Hirsch says all you need is 40% to 60% of the school day devoted to everybody learning the same core stuff. (I think he starts at 40%.)<BR/><BR/>The problem for American students is huge mobility, including schools with greater than 100% student population mobility per year.<BR/><BR/>I don't see it happening federally, but I <I>can</I> imagine it happening via NCTM & the like - via NGOs that appoint themselves guardian of the standards.<BR/><BR/>I keep hoping Courant will produce a set of grade by grade standards.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158631734166054022006-09-18T22:08:00.000-04:002006-09-18T22:08:00.000-04:00I could be worse I suppose.The best way to deal wi...I could be worse I suppose.<BR/><BR/>The best way to deal with a crappy program like that is to preteach your kids basics so they can use the dopey problem solving exercises as additioanl practice instead of for "discovering" math.KDeRosahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158631389965845092006-09-18T22:03:00.000-04:002006-09-18T22:03:00.000-04:00My book is Mathematics: The Path To Math Success!...My book is Mathematics: The Path To Math Success!<BR/><BR/>A review of the 2nd grade version is over at www.mathematicallycorrect.com<BR/><BR/><I>Overall Evaluation [3.4]<BR/><BR/>Students using this program have a reasonable chance of moderate achievement levels. On the other hand, <B>this program is not seen as supporting high achievement levels.</B> It is possible that a skillful teacher could overcome some of the limitations of this program and use it more effectively. The heavy reliance on models and the potential confusion in the treatment of perimeter are examples of areas where an effective teacher could improve upon the student learning supported by this program.</I>roryhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07402069244849123343noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158630651902375232006-09-18T21:50:00.000-04:002006-09-18T21:50:00.000-04:00I guess I should have googled before posting:Sean'...I guess I should have googled before posting:<BR/><BR/><A HREF="http://www.its.caltech.edu/~sean/book.html" REL="nofollow">Sean's Applied Math Book</A><BR/><BR/><A HREF="http://www.forbes.com/2006/08/04/sun-mcnealy-education-cx_gl_0804autofacescan02.html" REL="nofollow">Sun's McNealy Leads Non-Profit Open-Source Drive</A><BR/><BR/><A HREF="http://www.lightandmatter.com/article/article.html" REL="nofollow">Do Open-Source Books Work?</A><BR/><BR/>The search string I used was "open source math textbook" and holy-canolli, there's a bunch of textbook projects, both open source and interestingly, free but <I>not</I> open sourced.<BR/><BR/>Just to see how much it might cost to get a dead-tree version of an open source textbook into my hands, I got a printing estimate from Kinko's for <A HREF="http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States" REL="nofollow">this</A> textbook of American history. 158 pages, black and white on 20lb paper, comb binding. $16.63.<BR/><BR/>If you want color the price is astronomical, $144.53, but as the technology advances and competition works its magic, that should come down.allenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14267922983268890347noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158630578725236312006-09-18T21:49:00.000-04:002006-09-18T21:49:00.000-04:00This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.roryhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07402069244849123343noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158626573579363672006-09-18T20:42:00.000-04:002006-09-18T20:42:00.000-04:00I'm a computer jock and the first phrase that come...I'm a computer jock and the first phrase that comes to mind when I see the discussion about math books is "open source!"<BR/><BR/>Are there any open source textbooks? I know you could do as little as scan in a textbook that's out of copyright (what is it now? fifty years or something?) and not be too far of the mark. Still, I'd like to think that we've learned something about how to structure textbooks in the last fifty or sixty years and could do better then those textbook authors. Not that the knowledge is valued by the buyers of textbooks but that's a separate issue.allenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14267922983268890347noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158611418198156852006-09-18T16:30:00.000-04:002006-09-18T16:30:00.000-04:00The Chinese teachers certainly don't have math deg...The Chinese teachers certainly don't have math degrees. <BR/><BR/>But I admit I was shocked to find that college algebra was not required to get a teaching degree. That seems pretty basic. Even if you're a third grade teacher, you need to know where they're headed.<BR/><BR/>SusanAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158608476206776712006-09-18T15:41:00.000-04:002006-09-18T15:41:00.000-04:00Do you know the math curriculum they use, Rory?Sin...Do you know the math curriculum they use, Rory?<BR/><BR/>Singapore's math curriculum is called Primary Math and goes from grades K to 6. Every student regardless of ability goes through the same sequence. Then it's off to algebra at which time the kids get tracked. Nonetheless, they all learn algebra, some just go a bit deeper than others.<BR/><BR/>Here are the <A HREF="http://www.singaporemath.com/Placement_Test_s/86.htm" REL="nofollow">placement exams</A>. They are no walk in the park.<BR/><BR/>You really shouldn't need a math degree to teach elementary math. But when schools fail to teach math properly at the K-12 level anyone without a math degree tends not to know enough math to be able to teach basic math effectively.KDeRosahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158607805335210682006-09-18T15:30:00.000-04:002006-09-18T15:30:00.000-04:00The problem with the traditional textbooks is that...The problem with the traditional textbooks is that too many students were not mastering math. Sure, they were great for that top 20% of the class. That group learns using pretty much anything. The bar is set low.<BR/><BR/>I think, however, that these traditional books were not written with the average math student in mind, not to mention the lower performers. These kids need the concepts broken down a bit more finely and they need much more practice than the traditional textbooks provide before they will understand and retain the material.<BR/><BR/>We've learned a lot since the old traditional textbooks were in common usage. Singapore Math, Saxon, and CMC all represent improvements on traditional math.KDeRosahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158607185130144512006-09-18T15:19:00.000-04:002006-09-18T15:19:00.000-04:00I think I am going to scan a few pages of my kids ...I think I am going to scan a few pages of my kids 3rd grade math text books next time they bring them home. Its all bright and cheeful... has lots of fun little facts... and not bogged down with all those bothersome numbers and problems.<BR/><BR/>One question. I was under the impression that Singapore math was mostly concentrated at the elementary and middle school levels? At least in elementary school, surely even the typical liberal arts degree teacher should be able to teach the level of math required at this age. Middle schools and high schools would be the ones that would really need the qualified teachers. Unfortunately, teachers are paid well compared to college graduates with liberal arts degrees, but are poorly paid compared to graduates with engineering, science and math degrees. There needs to be more flexibility to pay people comparative with their skills, instead of the one pay scale fits all. I would love to be a math teacher, but the average starting salary here for a new teacher with a math degree is around $30,000. If I was willing to accept that amount of money, I might as well just get a degree in basket weaving.roryhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07402069244849123343noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158606099516810812006-09-18T15:01:00.000-04:002006-09-18T15:01:00.000-04:00when, and why, did the curriculum move backI belie...<I>when, and why, did the curriculum move back</I><BR/><BR/>I believe the answer is the early 90s in response to the NCTM's original math standards. Though certainly trouble was afoot before that.<BR/><BR/>I went to a Catholic high school in the early 80s which offered two years of Latin and a year of Greek. Latin was clerly on the wane, though; only six students were in my Latin II class. I transferred in my mid-Junior year to another Catholic high school that did not offer Latin -- so I only wound up with a year and a quarter under my belt.KDeRosahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158602253795951112006-09-18T13:57:00.000-04:002006-09-18T13:57:00.000-04:00Why rewrite the textbooks? We have perfect fine te...Why rewrite the textbooks? We have perfect fine textbooks -- they've only been out of print for years. There's nothing to update -- 2 is 2, whether it's 1976 or 2006.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158600245130838052006-09-18T13:24:00.000-04:002006-09-18T13:24:00.000-04:00Unfortunately, our math teachers don't know enough...Unfortunately, our math teachers don't know enough math to teach out of the Singapore math books.<BR/><BR/>There's always Saxon and Connecting Math Concepts. But the chance of either of those two curricula catching on is also slim, though they are both certainly aligned with the NCTM's new focal points.KDeRosahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158599063121211152006-09-18T13:04:00.000-04:002006-09-18T13:04:00.000-04:00"Almost all the textbooks have to be rewritten for..."Almost all the textbooks have to be rewritten for starters"<BR/><BR/>No, they don't. In industry this is called a "buy versus build" decision. We *could* just start purchasing textbooks from Singapore. I bet we could get quite a discount, too, given the volumes.<BR/><BR/>We won't, of course ...<BR/><BR/>-Mark RouloAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-1158588944565291442006-09-18T10:15:00.000-04:002006-09-18T10:15:00.000-04:00Okay, it's been over three decades since I was in ...Okay, it's been over three decades since I was in high school, but one thing I am curious about is when, and why, did the curriculum move back? In my high school (grades 9-12), the college prep math track was Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/, Introductory Calculus, with trig spread across the junior and senior years. I suppose a lot of what we did in junior high could be called algebra, at least pre-algebra math.<BR/><BR/>I was, btw, the last class in our high school who were able to take two years of Latin (they were just phasing Latin out nationally).Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com