Math: Not So Formal!

In the fall of 1929 I made up my mind to try the experiment of abandoning all formal instruction in arithmetic below the seventh grade and concentrating on teaching the children to read, to reason, and to recite - my new Three R's. And by reciting I did not mean giving back, verbatim, the words… Continue reading Math: Not So Formal!

Educating the Poor

Many people claim that government must educate, because otherwise the poor would not be able to afford education for their children. The only problem with this theory is the facts. There can hardy be any educator in America who is unfamiliar with the "achievement gap." No informed educator should be ignorant of the colossal failures… Continue reading Educating the Poor

The Math Gap

Are you afraid of math? Many adults are. About 1 in 5 American adults are characterized as "innumerate" - they can't do basic arithmetic problems such as adding fractions, working with measurements, and doing whole number arithmetic problems, according to a study about how math skills develop. The standard for innumeracy is not high; Geary… Continue reading The Math Gap

How Mediocre Is American Education? Compared to What?

The United States spends more per student than all others, but international tests place it only in the middle of the pack. Those nations and individuals who do better may actually benefit largely from extra-governmental efforts by parents, efforts which are officially deprecated and seldom studied. Historically, literacy rates and levels of competence in America… Continue reading How Mediocre Is American Education? Compared to What?