Bob wrote: < Unfortunately, this is a common instinct, even when the curriculum is solid. . . . it does not help us when the teacher explicitly encourages what should be discouraged. >
Yes, exactly. Middle school kids are not generally renowned for voracious appetites to learn math ;o). So anything dragging them in the wrong direction makes a difficult job harder. If it weren't for the fact my daughter cares very much about her grades, she probably wouldn't interact with me for hours after school to relearn. She's willing to spend far more time with me when facing math mid-terms. I'll take whatever motivation there is. Unfortunately my son wasn't as motivated by grades, he cared, but not enough to push against this.