Traditional Math: An effective strategy that teachers feel guilty using
By Barry Garelick and JR Wilson
Recommended on: 22nd February 2023
Traditional Math: An effective strategy that teachers feel guilty using, by Barry Garelick and JR Wilson. This wonderful book is highly recommended for parents, grandparents, and teachers of all kinds who would like a solid guide to help youngsters learn math in a simple, elegant, and straightforward way. As Stanford mathematician Wayne Bishop has pointed out, leaders in modern mathematics education often sadly and erroneously continue to push Freudenthal Institute’s discredited “reform” approaches to teaching math. On the uplifting side, as Bishop also points out apropos Traditional Math, “this book is a wealth of down-to-earth, logically presented topics from kindergarten through beginning algebra. The work will be effective for most mathematics teachers but especially so for those who have been indoctrinated with reform math but are recognizing its ineffectiveness and in need of solid ideas.”
Barb will be using this book with her new granddaughter as she grows up!
On a side note, Barb & her Hero Husband Phil raised their two daughters with twenty minutes of carefully designed extra math practice through use of the Kumon math program. The result of this extra “drill and kill” practice? One daughter is now a Stanford trained pediatrician, and the second is a graduate level statistician. Yet reform educators would have one believe that the decade Barb and Phil gave their daughters of twenty minutes of daily extra math practice would turn the girls away from math. What reform educators characterize as “drill and kill” is actually all-important “drill to skill”!
It certainly wasn’t that the girls loved every day of their practice. (Take heart, homeschooling parents!) But that practice led to the solid internalization of mathematical patterns that the girls needed long-term for professional careers in STEM—and for them to feel comfortable with and ultimately learn to love mathematics. Incidentally, when Barb was recently in Vietnam, she learned that her daughter’s statistics graduate advisor rarely takes on students educated in the US, because he has found that US-trained students simply don’t have the comfort and ability with math of students from countries that use more traditional approaches to teaching math. All those years of a little bit of extra practice a day for the Oakley girls paid off! (And interleaving of math practice, as with Kumon and Smartick, rules!)MORE INFORMATION FROM AMAZON.COM >