While a can only sympathize with your child, my question is, "What does NCTM have to do with your child?" Your subject line implies a direct relation between what NCTM does and what goes on in your child's classroom. Unfortunately, this link is tenuous at best. Ultimately, the responsibility to teach lies with each teacher and the responsibility to make children want to learn with each parent. NCTM or any other organization cannot do that.
Despite claims by most curricular programs, textbook publishers and local department heads and superintendants, there are very few programs that in any way comply even with the original NCTM standards. Most of these programs likely were in compliance even before the idea of the standards existed. Why? Because we are producing thousands of badly trained semi-professionals and call them "teachers". The better teachers will always find a way to reach the children, no matter what the institutional control is. The rest will produce worksheets and teach to the standardized tests.
At the same time, the term "word problems" has been used so much in derogatory manner that I would like to see exactly what YOU mean by word problems that your child has been doing in the classroom. The traditional word problems will indeed make paint peel by itself out of boredom. But what has recently been referred to as "word problems" is not always the nonsense of this kind and, occasionally, they are what kids should be learning. Would you please post some sapmles.