Bruce Ramsey wrote a very good editorial in today's paper about the way math is taught. As a high school math teacher, I see the failure of "fuzzy math" everyday. Students don't learn the basics, so they don't have the foundation to "discover" anything and even if they do "discover" something, they don't know what it means because they don't know the basics or have the fundamentals down. The Seattle School District is working on a district wide math adoption for all the high schools and the last I heard two of the three finals are IMP and Core Plus, both of which are "fuzzy math" curriculums. We will be doing a serious disservice to our students (especially the students below grade level), if IMP or Core Plus becomes the math curriculum for SPS. These programs don't stress the basics enough. In math, you need to know how to walk before you can run. You have to know how to divide fractions before you can work on the equation of a line or factor a polynomial equation.
New-age math doesn't add up