I have seen many pictures, articles, and petitions on why the new math needs to leave our schools. Here is a quick explanation, and "Myths around the new math curriculum".
First, I want to ask you to determine what is
Take a moment and complete it. Don't worry there is no test, just please don't use a calculator.
The answer is 63. Now did you:
1) Borrow one from the 8 to get 7(12)-19, then say the ones are 3 and then 7-1 is 6, so the answer is 63?
2) Did you add 1 to 19 to get 20, then added 60 to get 80, then added 2. Finally, added 1+60+2 to get 63?
3) Did subtract 20 from 82 to get 62, then added 1 to get 63?
4)Did you do it a different way?
Finally, which way is the best way? Which way should your child learn?
If you answered "NUMBER 1 MUST BE THE WAY TO DO IT" you are in favor of the old math curriculum.
If you answered "Number 1,2,3, or 4 is a way to do it" then you are in favor of the new math curriculum.
Myth: Discovery Math is a mandatory strategy to be used in K-12 curriculum.
Fact: "Discovery" or any synonym, cannot be found anywhere in the curriculum at all. The government tells the teachers WHAT to teach, but not HOW to teach.
Myth: The teachers are simply no longer teaching children.
Fact: The teachers are not teaching each child the same. Differentiated instruction is now part of the classroom. Students A, and B may be taught differently; one with manipulatives, one with without, based on the needs of the child.
Myth:Children don't need basic math facts.
Fact: Basic math facts are part of the curriculum.
Myth: Students are becoming dumber.
Fact: While the PISA score has dropped 2%, the students who wrote the last PISA test were taught in the old curriculum. Therefore, if you think this is a problem you should be advocating for the new math.
Myth: Teachers hate the new math.
Fact: Teachers have the choice and autonomy to teach however they want, and therefore some extremely creative and innovative things are occurring in classrooms.
Lastly, if your child comes home with a different way of completing math than you were taught, then ask them to explain how they are solving the problem. Lets not forget that there is not only ONE way to solve a problem.