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Category: Math
June 24, 2014 at 6:02 AM

When School Board ignores textbook recommendations, it undermines staff and community

When the Seattle School Board adopted Math in Focus it overstepped its bounds and cast aside its responsibility [“Seattle School Board must find extra cash after it picks pricier textbook,” Local News, June 10]. School boards set policy and procedures and are responsible for fiscal soundness. The professional staff and community members make their…

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Comments | More in Education, Math | Topics: EnVision, Math in Focus, Sandra Burroughs

August 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Math textbook debate: Is math really that important?

Listening to math experts won’t help select a textbook Which statement is most absurd: Each school district should choose its math book, or “math people” — engineers, mathematicians and scientists — enjoy practicing their math skills with drills? I wouldn’t be surprised if the countries that do well in math education use the same book nationwide. Perhaps…

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Comments | More in Education, Education reform, Math, Washington Assessment of Student Learning

June 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Math curriculum

Start with simple solution to complex problem The May 31 guest column by Cliff Mass highlights a systemic educational problem [“Seattle’s shortsighted math curriculum,” Opinion, May 31]. The polarization surrounding math education is really between those who seek a revenue stream from it, and those who just want their kids to be successful and their taxes…

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June 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Math curriculum

Sabotaging students’ futures Cliff Mass’s guest commentary piece [“Seattle’s shortsighted math curriculum,” Opinion, May 31] brings to mind an old experiment — that of expecting students in a classroom to peck away at math concepts and come up with a cogent understanding of math versus a room of chimpanzees trying to randomly duplicate Shakespeare’s plays. Ultimately both…

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May 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Math textbooks

Methods epitomize nonnegotiable truth When the Seattle School Board adopted the “Discovering” math texts, I was disappointed but not surprised [“School Board fails math test,” Opinion, Bruce Ramsey column, May 13]. I am a math instructor at Renton Technical College. I used to work as a tutor for high-school-age students at University Tutoring Service near the University…

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May 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

School math controversy

Kids will suffer consequences of decision Last night, for the first time all school year, my second-grader uttered the words, “I like math!” She surprised herself, I think. For the first time all year, my husband and I –no math slouches ourselves — were thrilled to understand what her homework was asking for and be able to…

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March 20, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Washington’s math aptitude

The real reason Massachusetts’ schools are better Clearly, Christopher Eide [“State should’t hide from WASL math test,” guest commentary, March 18] is a graduate of a Washington school, not of the Massachusetts system he touts for its public/private competition. Like many propagandists, he tries to use a selective set of statistics, mainly WASL scores, as a…

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November 28, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Math’s bad rap

Time to make it fun I want to thank Jerry Large for his Nov. 17 column on Explorations in Math’s MathFest. We think math has a bad reputation. Maybe like exercise, people believe that if it doesn’t hurt, it isn’t working. How much would you like to read, if the only book available was a dictionary? In our…

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