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Reviews of recent textbooks
Posted:
Feb 1, 1999 10:26 PM


To Gary BoyleHolmes,
Help is on the way. Please check out this web site:
http://www.mathematicallycorrect.com/
It offers reviews of recent textbooks for grades 2, 5, and 7 (maybe not the grade(s) you teach, but the reviews might lead you in the right direction). Good luck!
To the interested reader,
This site also contains the famed "Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools K12." This document contains the California mathematics standards (in Chapter 3 of the framework). I encourage everyone to read it and compare it to the NCTM2000 standards. Ask yourself these questions. What is a standard? Which of the following definitions goes with NCTM2000 and which goes with the California standards?
1. Standard (Webster's): Something setup and established by authority as a rule for the *measure* of quantity, quality, weight, extent, or value.
2. Standard (Webster's): Sound and usable but not of top quality, such as standard beef.
On 28 Nov 98, Gary BoyleHolmes wrote re. Helpppp!!!:
> I read the posting in the discussions and I find seeds of truth on > both sides. Yes, kids need to have a least some drill in order to > learn basic facts. Yes, kids need to have experience in dealing with > engaging problems that have multiple solution methods. Yes, I believe > that the current stream of the "math reform" movement is hobbling the > top 5 or 10 percent of our students. My question is how am I, a > practicing math teacher, supposed to put this all together. We've > searched for curriculum materials from every publisher we could think > of (including all of the NSFfunded programs) and found nothing that > we could wholeheartedly support. I've tried writing my own materials, > but I can't do an adequate job of that and teach as well. I wish some > of you geniuses out there would quit bickering and start hammering out > a comprehensive solution! >



