The Education Wars Part XI
Matthew there are so many left behind kids from this. I was so annoyed when I heard "We are all in this together" BS, when we delivered meals on wheels in NC during the pandemic, and saw the kids with grandparents with nothing going on with anything educationally, these kids are lost and forgotten. When school finally resumed all we hear about from the NC State education curriculum pushing SEL and CRT. Our schools are now more concerned about what bathroom is used, what pro-nouns are used rather than the development of the tools to success, to survive, thinking critically, reading, comprehension, computational and communication skills. Its absolutely absurd. This is a new form of segration, make no mistake, its an another assault on our childrens future.
I'm looking forward to hearing more about this. My interest in math peaked at geometry in high school, to my regret, and I view it now as a true deficiency in my education. I'm excited to know that we can do better for young people.
Thank you, Mathew. I’d like to know how to find a great math tutor for my daughter. Someone who can unlock the beauty of math for her as well as make it less likely she can be tricked by the mandarins in the future.
This will be so interesting to many of us. My DD is going into her 2nd year of teacher's college, and is planning to teach math grades 4-10. She had a summer math/literacy camp job helping at-risk students as a math tutor starting Monday. Alas, her BF brought home C19 this weekend. She now has it.
I'm sure that she will be interested in seeing your demonstration also. What a great idea! I can't wait either. Despite that super-annoying quote about teachers becoming teachers b/c they can't "do" it is in reality, the opposite. It is harder to teach than do it yourself. I actually find it easier to teach math (only up to middle grades) than my teachable (English). Why? B/C if the writing is terrible, I don't know where to start. B/C of my own math challenges, I have to really think it through from a different perspective.
It will be interesting and helpful to see your approach.
I like that...I myself am a proponent of the duadecimal system over the decimal system.
I also encourage the symmetry of numbers in things like magic squares.
Also and that I want to share to you and to anyone having problems with math or with educating people about mathematics...
It is one of the many simple quick math systems which enables everyone .
Try it for yourself.
Remarkable success has been achieved at NYC's (aptly named) Success Academy charter schools in recent years. Located in Harlem (and elsewhere in the city), they routinely blow away much tonier Park Avenue private schools, many of which charge parents more than $50k tuition for a year of K through 12 education for their child.... and most Success households are below the poverty line.
Much of their success lies in trying innovative methods - when one fails, they try something else. Traditionally, they've been rather open about sharing those methods.
Many students struggle with math early on. Success Academy (and other charters) might be worth checking out for an innovative approach to teaching math.
We are in the UK, home and co-op Ed as we call it, as in small groups. This is wonderful what you are doing, thank you so much :) will share in my groups :)
I wanted to comment that what's happened to math teaching at least since my kids began being indoctrinated in the public school system is INSANE.
"new math" looks illogical and approximate rather than methodical and understandable. it's so far distant from the way I was taught math that I was unable to help follow the book instructions and had to teach my son the "old way" of long multiplication, for example.
I'm hoping your experiment turns out well!
"All the way to heaven is heaven, because Jesus said, 'I am the way.'"
–St. Catherine of Siena
Nice to be reminded that this is not supposed to be easy.
Mathew ~ thought of you (& Gato) with this, you've probably already heard of it - "The Research Cartel", investigative journalist Phil Harper (who traced Ivermectin's research malfeasance similar to how you did for HCQ). In the slew of stories being told, this would be the story of how the stories were told. https://philharper.substack.com/p/the-research-cartel-a-film-288?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email
We have a 7 year-old who is quite advanced. I've always cared about math education and think of math as also being a language - the language of numbers, shapes, etc. Young kids are the best at learning languages and it would be a lost opportunity to not learn math early. So she learned to count at age two and we proceeded through common-core type books (180 days of math series) up to grade 5 when she was in Kindergarten, but always trying to keep it fun, even when the material was a bit boring/stupid. I also wrote a little Android app for arithmetic that she enjoyed.
Now we are running out of steam, and I'm looking for inspiration. School is not much use. Some friends do Beast Academy books, but somehow they haven't struck a chord. Mostly she picks exercises on IXL that are enjoyable. Any suggestions for keeping a precocious girl engaged in math would be appreciated. I saw MC mention in a talk that girls particularly enjoy the social aspect of learning...
Great Matthew! 👍🏽