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What is Connected Math:

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm


Connected Math:

Writing about a special number connects the number to: prime #s, composite #s,
perfect #s, deficient #s, abundant #s, square #s, factors, multiples, divisors, proper factors, quotients, dividends, products, exponents, order of operations, and divisibility rules. It takes time to see the value of each activity.

or is it ……

Connected Math:

Writing about a special number keeps one busy doing nothing in particular while Assistant Superintendent in Charge of Curriculum Botsford desperately searches for a justification for a forthcoming decision to preserve discredited reform principles as the centerpiece of Ridgewood’s program of K-12 math instruction. By being forced to remain at the ground level, randomly ricocheting from tree trunk to tree trunk, students remain swaddled in relative ignorance, appropriately avoiding the path of subject matter mastery. Teachers and administrators show great mercy who labor to prevent their students from rising to the high altitude perspective necessary to appreciate the vast expanse and complex topography that is the Mathematics forest. Better to remain earthbound, and retain vast stores of self-esteem, than learn too much, and risk suffering the unfamiliar pangs of true humility.

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  1. Connected Math:

    Writing about a special number keeps one busy doing nothing in particular while Assistant Superintendent in Charge of Curriculum Botsford desperately searches for a justification for a forthcoming decision to preserve discredited reform principles as the centerpiece of Ridgewood’s program of K-12 math instruction. By being forced to remain at the ground level, randomly ricocheting from tree trunk to tree trunk, students remain swaddled in relative ignorance, appropriately avoiding the path of subject matter mastery. Teachers and administrators show great mercy who labor to prevent their students from rising to the high altitude perspective necessary to appreciate the vast expanse and complex topography that is the Mathematics forest. Better to remain earthbound, and retain vast stores of self-esteem, than learn too much, and risk suffering the unfamiliar pangs of true humility.

  2. Well, at least it will slightly level the playing field between the schools. Still very detrimental to teach our elementary village children with 3 different math programs (2 are denuded of math content and 1 is of solid math content). At least ALL middle schoolers will be educated or lack there of with CMP2. Well, not all. The advanced tracked 7th and 8th graders aren’t instructed with CMP2. They get real math. What’s up with that Regina? I thought you were all about dumbing math down for ALL CHILDREN?

  3. My son pointed out that on the package that holds the CMP2 booklets, the following is printed: Con Math.

    I got a good laugh from that. The sellers of this crap are obviously too dumb to catch this Freudian slip, even if it didn’t escape the mind of a 14 year old.

    Are you laughing too, Regina?

  4. Well, Con Math fits perfectly. Regina has conned the BOE, (I was never good at math Shelia) that this is the panacea for stupid kids.

    How tragic that she has lowered the bar and given up on teaching math to all children and thinks them stupid.

    Remember, this math was designed for use in inner city schools.

    Peel back the onion and one will learn that this math is really designed for stupid teachers. It is touted by its creators as a method that any teacher can teach.

    No wonder real math teachers hate it. Its math for Dummies. And we ain’t talking about the kids.

  5. Connected Math is the soapbox on which we can stand & complain about everything!

  6. I don’t think that writing about your favorite number at the beginning of the year is a horrible idea, but if it continued into the year it would be a waste. By having the kids write about why they like a certain number, the teacher gets a little idea about what they know about it being prime, composite, odd, even, all of that kind of stuff. Think of it as diagnostic if you will. I am a teacher and I tend to do easier diagnostic type assignments at this point of the year to see what they have retained and to sort of warm them up. My mind is still open about this CMP stuff, but time will tell. I do love his teacher and I am trusting her (right now, at least) to supplement enough to keep the curriculum challenging and pertinent. We’ll see.
    I have to admit that sometimes though, what seems useless to parents, is actually done with a specific pedagogical purpose. Sometimes the kids will even ask me “Why are we doing this?” and I will have a very specific objective in mind.
    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love reform math, but in my mind- the jury is still out.

  7. Newsflash–

    Regina believes she is smarter than everyone on the Math Panel. That is why we are subject to her dumb, dumb choices.

  8. Does anyone know how the Travell kids who had TERC, etc… fare at BF or the high school. Does their representation in the advanced or accelerated math classes compare favorably to Somerville and Hawes?

  9. I am a former Ridgewood teacher. I agree with your complaints about the math program. I want to clear one thing up with all readers. IT IS NOT THE TEACHERS! The teachers are as frustrated or more with the programs than the parents. I left Ridgewood, because I realized that the administration really did not want to hear what the teachers had to say. We are expected to get your children to preform coming from many different math backrounds and programs. When I worked at Travell, all 4 schools were using a different math program. The BF and GW teachers are frustrated, downhearted, and concerned. They want your children to do well and need you to be their voice. Do not misunderstand, having family still in the district, I know the teachers have been vocal. However, the administration does not listen to the teachers. They only listen to the “VOCAL PARENTS.” Show up to BOE meetings, write letters, get your friends involved. If enough parents complain, maybe the schools have a chance of going back to the way they once were, when teachers could teach and were respected as professionals.

  10. 4:14 PM –

    Regarding your statement:
    The teachers are as frustrated or more with the programs than the parents.”

    You are only partially right.

    Many (but not all) younger teachers who have been indoctrinated in this (and other) garbage during THEIR recent education are NOT frustrated with the math programs as they see them as the “next step” in the evolution of teaching math and they are enamored with the newness of the approach.

    Many are also not self-confident nor experienced enough to discern garbage from treasure as it pertains to administrative initiative and curriculum.

  11. My son wrote that 3 was his favorite number because it represented the Holy Trinity.

    He was given a 3 day suspension.

    He didn’t mind since he likes the number three.

    I found it ironic since he was handed a penance.

  12. 4:14 — Thanks for your insights. It gets tiring to hear people blame this on teachers & the unions.

  13. 11:35 TERC kids have not gone into the high school yet. They will be there for 2010 school year. Now at BF very few make it to the advance placement class. More children from the other elementary schools are in apc than Travell kids. Sad but true….

  14. We do not blame the teachers. Most on this blog know that we are where we are today because of…drum roll please…REGINA BOTSFORD. Get rid of her and our problems will begin to clear up, kind of like a pimple. We have very good math minds within our faculty and administration (Nyhius is quite capable and learned). Sadly, they are smothered and neutered because this lady has the title – director of curriculum. Better that she direct traffic. That way, we can actually see the accidents as they occur.

  15. PJ: I found the following comments posted in response to a recent article on Charter Schools interesting (http://townhall.com/Columnists/LeeCulpepper/2008/09/14/a_trojan_horse_made_of_charter-school_money), and thought I’d pass them on for the benefits of Ridgewood parents who may be on the fence about pulling their children out of the public schools. The premise of the original article is Obama’s proposal to double funding for Charter Schools is a Trojan Horse for allowing the NEA to infiltrate. The second comment below rang true to me, now that I have learned how closely integrated Bill Ayer’s AERA organization has become at the state level with the public education establishment here in New Jersey. Enjoy.

    “Subject: schools almost ruined my child
    They don’t test for IQ anymore. (too many unplesant realitys there.) My boy had a lot of problems getting motivated to go to school. By the time he hit 8th grade it was very bad. by 9th grade it was worse. By 10th grade he was doing drugs. I pulled him out of school to save him. I took him to a local library where the local Mensa chapter was giving entry exams. He is now a member of Mensa, took the GED, enrolled in college taking computer engineering. I realize now that they ran out of stuff to teach him by 7 th grade, maybe even 4th.”

    “Subject: Don’t forget…
    The real reason our “public” schools exist is so that radical/marxist/liberals who can’t be bothered to have enough of their own children make sure that they get to indoctrinate the children that we conservatives are having. Demographics show that the birth rate is much lower in liberal areas and that many more children are being born into conservative/Christion households.

    These people are not dumb. They know they need to make sure conservative and/or Christians don’t “abuse” their children by teaching them to be conservative and/or Christians. Just think about the furor over discussing ID along side of Darwinisn/evolution. They go ballistic on that subject and any other that is not lockstep with their personal liberal/humanistic religion that they try to pretend is not a religion.

    Look at the hubbub over home schooling that is going on in California and other places. The people who have a stranglehold on public education see how many children are being removed from their clutches and are doing everything they can to get them back. Look at the history of their opposition to school vouchers. Look at their attacks on magnet schools and other schools offering real literacy education and not pc/brainwashing.

    And of course, the program does not stop at HS graduation. The same thing continues right on into our institutions of “Higher Learning.”

    I agree that there is a big rip off going on but if the other part of the picture is not put into the equation we cannot hope to ever make any substantive changes in the situation.”

  16. Does anyone really believe that a child was suspended for the following as 1:50AM wrote:

    “My son wrote that 3 was his favorite number because it represented the Holy Trinity.

    He was given a 3 day suspension.”

    I sure don’t.

  17. 4:04 PM –

    You’re built too low. The fast ones go over your head.

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