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From: Linda Gogocha

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2007083009:40:52
Subject: Re: concerns regarding elementary chicago math

As a parent who has experienced Chicago Math with my Fifth grader last yead I say throw the whole system out the window. What happened to the old math curicullum? My daughter was so confused by the skipping around constantly to expose them to so many different concepts, and by the time she started to absorb it something like fractions, they would jump around again, and she wouldn't have the other concept down compltely. She failed fifth grade math. We started this summer with a Fifth grade math workbook, and she is barely doing the beginning fifth grade math in her workbook, she was so frustrated that she hates math now. Half of her fifth grade class failed fifth grade math. They would send homework every night, but no explanation of how to do it. So, I couldn't even help my daughter. I had so many discussions with the principal, and my daughter would stay after school two nights a week for extra help, and that didn't even help. It is pretty bad when I went to sixth grade orientation and the math teacher sent the kids out of the room to go have icecream so he could tell us he knows how frustrated the parents are with Chicago math, and how we should approach this with them. How can we help them with their homework, if we don't even understand it? It is the most ridiculous thing I have ever experienced. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a 3.8 grade point average, and I can't do fifth grade Chicago math and make my child understand it. I will probably sell my house and move to a school district which doesn't use this method. The secretary at the middle school where my daughter currently attends told me her three children once they went to college had a horrible time adjusting to college math classes after having Chicago math.

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