My comments were based on the operations of the public school system that my children attended until 2002. Based on my subsequent observations, things have not improved. I retired from teaching almost four years ago. The last unsolicited desk copies that I received were the previous editions of the following 1,000-page abominable doorstops:
> That might have been the main issue 30 years ago, but > things are much stranger now, at least in secondary > school. In primary school I agree with you. The > curriculum is in need of an overhaul. The > developmental flow is broken. It needs to be re-paced > and return to a systematic progression. > > Regarding post primary education, you said that your > alma mater had reasonable success in algebra. What > year(s) was that? I bet if you walked into an algebra > class today, the book on the desk would not be the > first thing to catch your eye. In fact, I bet you > become exhausted by all the things that catch your > eye first and you never even make it to the book. > > Bob Hansen > > On Mar 27, 2012, at 11:38 AM, Domenico Rosa wrote: > > > In my opinion, the biggest problem in U.S. > mathematics education consists of our > textbook-publishing cartel and the bloated junk books > that are being written, published, promoted and > adopted. In many cases these junk series of books are > adopted based on the recommendations of assorted > highly-paid "consultants"--hacks who are hired by the > incompetent members of Boards of Education. > > > > If we had sound textbooks, even a mediocre teacher > would do a reasonable job at teaching the material, > and the better students would be able to read the > books themselves. > > > > With respect to teachers, we must keep in mind that > many of them must follow the directives of > "curriculum specialists" and "directors of > instruction.". These are petty careerists who usually > hold the position for two or three years before they > move up in the administrative ladder. Teachers must > constantly switch to the shifting fads of these > careerists.