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Superintendent: School math due for upgrade

Original post made on May 14, 2008

Math teaching needs improvement, parents told Superintendent Kevin Skelly in a forum earlier this month on the school district's Strategic Plan, a map of priorities. "We need better, deeper, more challenging math curriculum," Skelly responded. "We've consistently heard that loud and clear about the elementary math."

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Posted by 3.243F6A8
a resident of Community Center
on May 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm

"They also made a quilt of the first 2,100 digits of Pi, watched an interactive video, made "Pi-mobiles" and ate pie for lunch — before running out of time for more activities, she said."

And we wonder why US children are behind in math.


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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Skelly is good, not a lot of bs. Hope he delivers. But he does seem to take action and not too worried about stepping on the occasional toe.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm

My 7th grader recently told me he had a Venn Diagram to do for homework. I asked him later if he had finished his math homework. He told me he didn't have math tomorrow, but he had finished all his homework. When asked about the Venn Diagram, he told me that was English.

So it appears that he has learned all about Venn Diagrams, but not in the context of math which is what (as I learned in school) the point of them was. To me this shows the exact inherent problems in the math curriculum. The fact that Venn Diagrams are part of the English curriculum is fine, but to not to have learned that it is a useful method of visualizing and sorting data in the context of math shows a lack of the child being taught how useful math actually is in the everyday world and accordingly lacking in seeing that math itself is necessary to learn for a broad education. The narrowing of each subject into its own syllabus area and not seeing how they aid and overlap each other is indeed another area in which our math curriculum is failing.


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