This new program could be solution to math crisis in Alberta schools

Nov 23, 2018 by

We could be at the beginning of the end to our math crisis in Alberta schools.

My optimism springs out of the new Math Minds program from Jump Math and the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education. Results in pilot projects shows much promise.

What is the crisis? In the past 20 years, international tests show Alberta’s percentage of top math students has dropped. More ominously, our percentages have doubled when it comes to students who lack a basic knowledge of math.

Many math professors and teachers blame the failing results on the pervasive influence of a new style of teaching math, known as “constructivism” or “discovery math.”

Since the late 1990s, elementary school teachers have been increasingly encouraged and required to guide children as they explore multiple strategies to attempt simple math problems. At the same time, the memorization of times tables and the diligent practice of standard arithmetic has been downplayed.

The big changes mixed with poor results have led to the so-called Math Wars between educational traditionalists and progressives here.

Source: This new program could be solution to math crisis in Alberta schools | Calgary Herald

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