[snipped] > > "Among the many subjects taught in school, mathematics is >probably the most universal, depending least on a student's background >and culture. As a result, mathematics education has, with few >exceptions, been generally exempt from public controversy based on >religious or social views. [snipped]
>Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225 >email@example.com
This is a most interesting statement to me because it is contrary to the findings of staff in my building. As we improve the mathematics curriculum, and teaching techniques we find ourselves under attack from a specific socio-economic group of the population.
It is the lower socio-economic clientele that is most vocal about the need for worksheets to return to the classroom. They are the most disturbed about the changes in teaching strategies and are the least likely to attend parent information nights to get a handle on what is happening.
I believe it is their lack of knowledge and understanding of mathematics that makes them more critical of the changes in technique. It has always puzzeled us as a staff that these people whom education has obviously failed, most want to maintain the status quo.