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.