In his column this week, Jay Mathews considers some suggested revisions to the California Mathematics Framework. The changes, similar to those being proposed in Virginia, will attempt to develop a K12 program that better prepares all students to understand the math they will need as adults.
Mathews, of course, knows a better way to accomplish the same goal: Advanced Placement. Which is no surprise since his solution for pretty much every educational issue involves AP. Or charter schools. Or both.
From a recent keynote presentation an online conference called Toddle TIES by Alfie Kohn, three excellent observations that stuck with me.
First, this observation about the math curriculum used in most American schools.
As of yesterday, the overly-large school district has all it’s classrooms open for live instruction. Sort of.
Some students are in face-to-face classes while some are still attending class online. Parents have the option to choose and, according to one report in the Post, only about 47% of kids are currently in the live classrooms. As for the teachers, Fairfax is using something called “concurrent instruction” to cover all the bases.
The business magazine/website Fast Company is not a place I normally look to find writing about education (at least not good writing), but a recent post on their blog caught my eye.
The short piece is by a high school sophomore who has some suggestions for “how schools can teach kids to solve real-world problems”.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is committing some pocket change to solve the “Algebra problem”.