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Bruce Shortt on Math Ed Disaster
[COMMENT: Speaks for itself. Science and academics
as we know them were generated by the universities of the Middle Ages.
When we lose our Biblical foundations, we lose also science and honest
academics. See items on return to totalitarian
education. A tyrant must produce controllable, not educated, people.
That has been the aim of "progressive" education from the very start with Horace
Mann, John Dewey, et al. We are still progressing -- toward "1984". E. Fox]
Dave Preston, the same Seattle film producer who produced
Math Education: an Inconvenient Truth, has posted a follow-up on
YouTube. As you will recall, Math Education: an Inconvenient Truth illustrates
how the adoption of reform math curricula in elementary schools is crippling
our children intellectually.
That video, which was originally intended for parents in
Washington State, has now been viewed nearly 130,000 times by people all
over the country. In fact, the response to the video has been so
significant, that the publishers of reform math curricula have had their
employees publishing comments about the video defending reform math.
A few days ago Preston posted a second video giving a University of
Washington science professor's view of how government school math curricula
have dramatically reduced the math skills of university students and,
interestingly, how the curricula affected his own children. Here is the 12
minute video (you only need to see the first 10 minutes - the last 2 minutes
consist of "reform" ideas for Washington State):
These videos need to be circulated widely for two
reasons. First, they challenge very effectively the typical suburban
parent's complacency about how their local government schools are educating
their children. Dispelling that complacency is critical to getting them to
eventually reach the decision to leave the government school system.
Second, the videos will help Christian schools and
homeschooling organizations reinforce the value of what they are offering
with their constituencies . Moreover, the videos are also useful for
marketing to new prospects.
A MODEST REQUEST FOR ACTION
1. Please circulate Math Education: A
to everyone on your email lists, and urge the recipients to watch AND send
the link on to the people they know.
3. For those of you in the media, please talk
and write about the videos and urge people ot watch them.
These are very effective tools that have been
provided free. A large viral email and media campaign could do a lot to
change our educational trajectory.
God's peace be with you, Bruce
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