As parents of students at St. Clement of Rome, Des Peres, we have serious concerns regarding the Everyday Math Program and support further investigation and reconsideration of the current curriculum.
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Jeff Kaiser, United States2 years ago Comments: Kate has struggled with basic math, and I believe that the methods taught for multiplication and division (as an example) are too abstract. Math should be more scientific in its approach, as we were all taught at our schools.
Dan Reardon, United States2 years ago Comments: I personally have spoken to a large number of families that feel frustrated and concerned for a number of reasons. First, many question how well the material is being taught at school because a lot of students come home clueless and then turn to their parents for help. The parents then have to search through 3 sources of information to re teach the concepts that students didn't understand in the classroom. We personally have spent countless hours helping our child learn. Is there enough classroom time available to learn these concepts thoroughly? If not, maybe more time needs to be allotted for math in order to ensure successful learning. I firmly believe many students would be failing without parental support at home of re teaching the information because the students just aren't getting it without tons of effort from parents or without parents investing in additional math tutoring outside of the classroom. Why are there so many different concepts taught for the same test? Math typically builds on itself and the seemingly randomness is confusing because there's too many topics taught at once. It seems almost like a grab bag style of teaching because there's no apparent relationship between the topics being taught at one time. This causes students to become overwhelmed and confused with no long term learning taking place. The concepts are not reinforced enough before learning additional material or moving on to new concepts. If there is a connection between ideas the students aren't being taught that connection so there's no "tying " of ideas together to make things more clear where true learning takes place. Maybe the teachers need more training about how to tie concepts together because there seems to be no relation between ideas on each unit test or even on daily worksheets. It seems as though there is too little emphasis on the basics. Students are forgetting these basics because they are overwhelmed with so many other concepts. They haven't been practicing the basics enough in repetitive fashion to have those concepts ingrained in their memory. So what good does it do to know 5 different ways to solve one problem when students forget simple addition and multiplication facts that are critical to problem solving. Under certain circumstances with specific problems, the methodology taught is way too lengthy and time consuming (ie. long division problems) and therefore there are numerous opportunities for students to make basic math errors along the way. The organization and how the material is presented is very unclear. Highly educated parents even have difficulty figuring out at what level the children are learning and what the answers should be. Many problems are left up to interpretation without clear instructions and often without any examples. The frustration and confusion from both parents and students have left many with a poor attitude towards math. Unfortunately, this is reflected onto the children and what a shame to leave kids with such a bad taste in their mouth about math at such an early age. After discussions with parents children who were once very strong in math seem to be struggling after initiation of Everyday Math. I understand all children within one family may have different strengths and weaknesses with learning but it seems odd that so many successful, intelligent families have children struggling with this style of learning. It would seem logical that an evaluation of the effectiveness of this EDM program is warranted for the benefit of our children.
Meg Pisani, United States2 years ago Comments: I would love to discuss the options of the math program. I have heard it is only relevant until 5th grade and then in 6th grade the curriculum reverts back to the concepts taught in the original math curriculum that was replaced by this Everyday Math Program.
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