Opinion: In Teaching Math, Americans Innovate But Don’t Execute

The New York Times Magazine recently published an opinion piece on American students’ math performance.  The article describes how while America has developed innovative ways to teach math, we have not implemented them.  Common Core may repeat that theme once again. As described,

Today the frustrating descent from good intentions to tears is playing out once again, as states across the country carry out the latest wave of math reforms: the Common Core. A new set of academic standards developed to replace states’ individually designed learning goals, the Common Core math standards are like earlier math reforms, only further refined and more ambitious. . . And yet, once again, the reforms have arrived without any good system for helping teachers learn to teach them. Responding to a recent survey by Education Week, teachers said they had typically spent fewer than four days in Common Core training, and that included training for the language-arts standards as well as the math.

At this year’s Summer MACo Conference, Maryland’s Education Secretary Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller, and Maryland Parent Teacher Association President Ray Leone will be discussing the Common Core, in a panel moderated by Delegate John Bohanan, Chair of the Education & Economic Development Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.

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Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White with questions about Summer Conference.