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Domenico Rosa

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Steve Leinwand is now peddling Common Core State Standards
Posted: Oct 17, 2011 12:46 PM
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Recently, I received the Conference Program below, which features Steve Leinwand as the keynote speaker. Leinwand has been at the forefront of promoting all sorts of "reforms," which have been abject failures. During his tenure in Connecticut, he used to get frequent coverage in The Hartford Courant. Three years ago, I had the grim experience of examining the following disgraceful doorstop, which he co-authored.

Algebra 1
Holt, Rinehart and Winston (2007)
921 pages, plus 165 additional pages at the end.

Authors: Edward B. Burger, David J. Chard, Earlene J. Hall, Paul A. Kennedy, Steven J. Leinwand, Freddie L. Renfro, Dale G. Seymour, Bert K. Waits

I would like to point out that Leinwand, Seymour and Waits are three stalwarts of the "math reform" rubbish that has been promoted since 1989.

Also listed are 28 Reviewers, 2 Contributing Authors, and 4 Field Participants.

I was told that students did not actually use the book. They simply kept it at home for "reference." The teacher distributed photocopies of handouts that come with the doorstop.

The fact that these abominable doorstops are being written, published, promoted, and adopted is indicative of the incompetent people who have overrun the education business in the U.S.--and who are primarily responsible for the continuing pseudo-education of American students.

To get an idea of how our textbooks have degenerated, compare the above with William G. Shute et al, "Elementary Algebra," American Book Co. (1956) 482 pages. [The 1965 Enlarged Edition, which evidently responded to "market forces," is identical except for some axioms and set theory added at the end of the book.]

Keynote Speaker - Steve Leinwand

"The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Hopes, Fears, and Challenges"

Steve Leinwand is a Principal Research Analyst at AIR and has over 30 years of leadership positions in mathematics education. He currently serves as mathematics expert on a wide range of AIR projects that evaluate programs, develop assessments and provide technical assistance. Leinwand's work at AIR has included developing specifications and an Algebraic Reasoning item pool for the NCES High School Longitudinal Study; serving as Implementation Task Leader for the IES Mathematics Professional Development Impact Study; co-authoring "What the United States Can Learn from Singapore's World-Class Mathematics System (and what Singapore can learn from the United States"; and co-authoring a comparison of the 2007 Grade 3 assessments administered in Hong Kong and in Massachusetts. In addition, Leinwand has provided school and district-level support and technical assistance for the General Electric Foundation's Ensuring Futures in Education project and the Microsoft Math Partnership. As part of AIR's assessment program, Leinwand has overseen the development of multiple-choice and constructed response items for AIR's contracts with Ohio, Hawaii, Delaware and South Carolina.
Before joining AIR in 2002, Leinwand spent 22 years as Mathematics Consultant with the Connecticut Department of Education where he was responsible for the development and oversight of a broad statewide program of activities in K-12 mathematics education including the provision of technical assistance and professional development, the evaluation of Title 1 and K-12 mathematics programs, the assessment of student achievement and teacher competency, and the coordination of statewide mathematics programs and activities. Steve has also served on the NCTM Board of Directors and has been President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Steve is also an author of several mathematics textbooks and has written numerous articles. His books, Sensible Mathematics: A Guide for School Leaders and Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement were published by Heinemann in 2000 and 2009 respectively.

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