May 16th, 2014


You can't make this stuff up...

A long time ago, Tom Lehrer wrote a song (one of my favorites) entitled "New Math."  The lead in banter on the album includes the comment "In the new approach... the important thing is to understand what you're doing, rather than to get the right answer."

This morning I read an AP article about criticisms of the Common Core curriculum (which I am so far VERY unimpressed by...)  It included this quote: "Part of what we are trying to teach children is to become problem solvers and thinkers," said Diane Briars, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  "We want students to understand what they're doing, not just get the right answer."

I was going to follow up with a snide comment, but I think I'll just let that stand.

Holy crap.