Sweatin’ to the Oldies: Teachers waste time and money with counterproductive “everyday math” dance training in Beaufort.
The next time you start to feel sorry for a public school district complaining that they need more money, watch this video.
Perhaps seeing self-respecting adults jive around and chant nonsense words in the name of “participatory education” will clear your head. If this is how South Carolina trains teachers, it should be no wonder that fifty percent of public school students drop out before graduating.
This embarrassing display of self indulgent educrat failure is part of Beaufort County School District’s push to introduce corporately developed “Everyday Mathematics” to students in the district. According to “Everyday Math” proponents, students can learn math through fun patterns, “active” learning, and a process called “spiraling,” in which students study a concept for a few days and then come back to it later.
Skeptical? You should be.
In fact, numerous criticisms of the “Everyday Mathematics” training method led Everyday Math to be rejected as an approved curriculum by both the state of Texas and the California State Department
of Education under the 2001 Mathematics Adoption. Regarding “Everyday Math,” Dr. Wayne Bishop, Professor of Mathematics at California State University says “In normal classrooms with normal teachers, I would characterize these materials as dangerous.”
Another informed critic, Dr. Tswewei Wang of the University of Tennessee, declares:
“In spite of some attractive approaches undertaken by Everyday Mathematics, the topics and skills it leaves out will be seriously detrimental to the students in rendering them not fully prepared to handle the learning of higher mathematical topics in middle, high, and finally the college years.”
It’s great to see that SC educrats aren’t letting empirical evidence and lessons learned in other states get in the way of some good old fashioned fun in the classroom. We only hope that the meager hundred dollar a day training bonus for teachers involved in this revolutionary new training program is generously supplemented with a liberal walk around stipend and per diem.
The most disgusting aspect of this money-wasting disproven technique, is that career politicans and partisan educrats are actually pointing to it as a substantive reform mechanism for the nation’s worst public school system.
For more information on the wonders of Everyday Math, see the links below.