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Effete Snob

(8,387 posts)
2. Math fads
Fri Oct 6, 2023, 11:32 AM
Oct 2023

When I started in a public elementary school in Bedrock, Montessori methods were all the rage.

Then, we got rid of the sticks and tactile nonsense and it was all about "set theory".

After that it was "new math" and teaching concepts over computation.

I don't know how many other iterations there have been of the "latest and greatest way of teaching math".

Math teaching theories come. Math teaching theories go. Kids will learn math. Life will go on.

I still think that people who study mathematics, education, child development and mathematics education, are probably the best positioned to decide how we are teaching math this year.

Can we PLEASE stop making education a punching bag for people who clearly have too much time to worry about other peoples' jobs?
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