Monday, November 27, 2006

Article on Singapore Math ready for your reading pleasure

Just got a note from Barry Garelick, whose article, "Two Countries, One School District," is available now at the Nonpartisan Education Review*. Hurray!

JIS is only an hour away from Singapore, the country that produces the highest scoring math students in the world, according to the 2003 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Singapore Math follows the program used to teach these students.

It's interesting (and depressing) to peek inside the debate and decision-making process within a US school district as its schools choose -- and ultimately reject -- the Singapore Math program. If you're confused about the "math wars" and the recent barrage of news coverage on the National Council of Teachers of Math's new math curriculum recommendations, this article is a great explanation of the issues involved, and why they matter to students.

*The Nonpartisan Education Review "provides a forum for those interested in education issues but put off by the education policy groups affiliated with the two major [U.S.] political parties. "


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