
Re: Simplifying Algebraic Expressions with Subtracted Expressions
Posted:
Nov 17, 2013 12:46 PM



Let me put it another way. Do you suppose there is such a thing as Singapore Honors math?
Bob Hansen
On Nov 17, 2013, at 1:12 AM, Wayne Bishop <wbishop@exchange.calstatela.edu> wrote:
> Lots of users of "Singapore Math" have no idea of the evolution that has taken place in Singapore but the homeschool market does as well as Singaporemath.com: > "The HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) program, Math In Focus, is based upon My Pals are Here (MPH) Maths, a series that is currently the most widely used in Singapore. Math In Focus does not resemble MPH Maths in outward appearance, with hardcover textbooks, for example, and has the look of a typical American elementary mathematics series. MIF is an Americanization of MPH Maths, in other words. In any case, MPH Maths is a less rigorous program than Primary Mathematics, reflecting changes Singapore made to the mathematics syllabus over the past several years. This coming year will see yet another round of changes in Singapore and the introduction of some new mathematics programs. Meanwhile, we continue to see steady growth in the US market for both the US Edition and Standards Edition of Primary Mathematics." > Wayne > > > At 04:17 PM 11/16/2013, Robert Hansen wrote: >> When I say "Singapore Math", I mean the math they do in Singapore, which, I hate to break your heart, isn't what you are currently looking at. I did order those books a couple years ago if you recall (you even said, get the textbooks, not the workbooks). They didn't add up. It turns out that most of the (good) math done in Singapore isn't in those books but is in supplemental problem solving books. Pretty decent ones in fact. >> >> Picture every math bound kid clutching "The Art of Problem Solving". Why? Picture failing your whole academic career at age 12. >> >> They aren't screwing around. You want to try something interesting. Join the blogs and watch snot nosed kids posting "Test too easy!".:) Reminds me of the good old days. >> >> Does it amaze me that the vast educational scholastic political industry in this country missed all that? No. >> >> Bob Hansen >> >> >> On Nov 16, 2013, at 7:04 PM, Wayne Bishop < wbishop@exchange.calstatela.edu> wrote: >> >>> At 10:41 AM 11/15/2013, Robert Hansen wrote: >>> >>>> What bothers me more is how screwed up the translation of Singapore math gets when it comes to the U.S., which is bizarre given that English is one of its official and most used languages. The textbooks, the tests, even the publishers websites are all in English! >>> >>> Are you looking at the US version of the Primary Series? They're almost exactly the same! Down to page number and problem number. Here and there names change from Asian to English, some of the metric measures become English, etc., but completely trivially. Open them anywhere, sidebyside, and you have to hunt to find any difference at all. In fact, when I wanted an answer sheet for all the problems using the US version and none was available, I checked the one that I had directly from Singapore [the entire KALevel Singapore/Cambridge exams curriculum and teacher support materials after the first TIMSS success in 1995] and everything worked! The answer sheet was as compact as possible  just numbers with no descriptors  so it worked fine. >>> >>> The reason I needed that was that I teaching our math for teacher ed class using Parker and Baldrige with the supporting US version of the Singapore Primary Series student books. >>> >>> Wayne >>> >>> >>>> In any event, here are the types of questions Singapore students face at the end of 6th grade. It certainly explains their results on the TIMSS... >>>> >>>> http://prischoolmaths.blogspot.com/search/label/_PSLE09%20Questions >>>> http://prischoolmaths.blogspot.com/2009/08/mathspsle2008questions.html >>>> >>>> Break out that box of crayons and good luck! >>>> >>>> Bob Hansen >

