Date: Jun 12, 1996 7:44 PM Author: David L. Hanson Subject: Dumb Government School "new new math" The "new new math" isn't really about math at all (see below) It is about

educationist control of the minds of children and the educationist attempt to

turn children against God, parents, and country.

David L. Hanson

"The fool says in his heart, there is no God"

From the Mathematically Correct website:

(http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mathman/)

Whole Math in Escondido

We have had a plethora of Whole Math programs in the district. Two of

the three High Schools had gone completely over to Whole Math for

incoming freshmen: Orange Glen - This high school had two Whole Math

programs all by itself.

1. College Prep Math (CPM) from UC Davis (used to be Change From Within)

- This is the program invading San Diego City Schools. It roughly

follows the traditional sequence, but is not a traditional math program.

It follows the California Framework ideals of group work and

constructivism where the students must teach themselves the math in

groups without previous instruction. Students are not allowed to ask

individual questions - this is reserved for the group. It is based

entirely on word problems. (The course has no practice problems.)

Number based practice problems are demeaned as "rote" or "drill and

kill". This course has a small to medium social engineering content and

much attention is devoted to writing about math instead of actually

doing it. THE SCHOOL HAS DROPPED THIS PROGRAM FOR NEW STUDENTS!

Students currently enrolled will be allowed to finish the sequence if

they so desire.

2. Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) from UC Berkeley - This program

is easily the worst of the programs we have. It does not follow the

traditional sequence and therefore will not appropriately prepare

students for traditional science classes in a timely manner. It is

constructivist in nature, promotes group-only student questions, has no

practice problems, and has a huge social engineering content - the math

seems almost secondary. As a result, it's an incredibly weak program.

Looking through the pages you find problems based on radical

environmentalism, HIV/AIDS instruction, child abuse, social studies,

science, geography, "finding the perfect group", and many others. Much

of this material is highly questionable. For instance, the child abuse

problem has the student calculate the number of unreported child abuse

cases given certain statistics and then asks the student HOW THEY WOULD

VOTE on a screening program for child abuse! It also has students

writing about bees when the only connection to math is the shape of the

cells in a beehive. This is very stupid stuff. It is due to be on the

general market by the end of the year. Please note that this program is

not yet in general release (information from the IMP Web page), but our

district still claims it is not experimenting with children's education.