WHY STRONG MATH INSTRUCTION MATTERS FOR STUDENTS
All of mathematics depends on what kids do in the elementary grades. If you don't do it right, you're doing remedial work all the way up to college. Arithmetic, algebra and geometry are intertwined".
Maria Glod, Washington Post
Elementary Math Grows Exponentially Tougher
for path-changing outcomes.
How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses
J. Davis for Wired.Com
The story of a 5th grade classroom in Mexico, led by a young educator named Juárez Correa. Correa created an inquiry-based, student-led environment that positioned his students to score in top rankings for math and language assessments in Mexico (for the very first time) and redefined how they experienced school.
“The dominant model of public education is still fundamentally rooted in the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else. (In 1899, William T. Harris, the US commissioner of education, celebrated the fact that US schools had developed the “appearance of a machine,” one that teaches the student “to behave in an orderly manner, to stay in his own place, and not get in the way of others.”) We don’t openly profess those values nowadays, but our educational system—which routinely tests kids on their ability to recall information and demonstrate mastery of a narrow set of skills—doubles down on the view that students are material to be processed, programmed, and quality-tested.”
for the future.
Elementary School Performance Dictates Later Performance
More than one in five American adults are considered "functionally innumerate," unable to solve 8th-grade mathematics problems, and the study's findings suggest early instruction in how sets of numbers interact could give students a leg up.
Early Math Skills Predict Later Academic Success: A study involving 16,387 children showed no correlation between behavioral problems in elementary school and subsequent scholastic achievement, but early math skills played a big role.http://www.uci.edu/features/2011/04/feature_duncan_110427.php
Teaching Kids Why Math Matters
"A person's success in life depends on how well she can solve problems. No matter what her career or life situation, she’ll find satisfaction and reward by knowing how to tackle challenges head on. And while kids can’t possibly practice every problem they’ll ever have in life, there is a class in school that can help them learn how to think logically: math."
Math is more than just set a problems to solve. "As a mathematician, I can attest that my field is really about ideas above anything else. Ideas that inform our existence, that permeate our universe and beyond, that can surprise and enthrall."
Clip above: Students are not prepared for the current work force. Math interest begins to decline in elementary school. Let's fix this!
STEM Skills Are Needed in Jobs of Tomorrow- The growing fields are in science, technology, engineering and math.
American proficiency levels in math leave a lot to be desired.
"What about our brightest? It turns out that only 7 percent of U.S. students perform at an advanced level in math. Forty-five percent of the students in Shanghai are advanced in math, compared with 20 percent in South Korea and Switzerland and 15 percent of students in Japan, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada."
for social justice and equity.
The social injustices of past schooling practices can no longer be tolerated. Mathematics has become a critical filter for employment and full participation in our society. We cannot afford to have the majority of our population mathematically illiterate: Equity has become an economic necessity.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics