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Koshy: Math, Fuzzy Math, and Reform Math

Elementary school math teachers must have a love of math and demonstrate it as a rewarding experience in the classroom. Current math preparation must be revamped substantially with more skills, facts, and knowledge. Math is a cumulative subject; it is a language with its own vocabulary and unambiguous rules.

Our teachers may know a lot about the theories of teaching, but they too often demonstrate inadequate knowledge of subject matter.

This was re-confirmed last December in a study published in "Contemporary Educational Psychology." A team of researchers headed by S. Peverly of Columbia University compared 162 third-grade math teachers in the U.S. and China. The U.S. teachers lacked "a profound understanding of fundamental mathematics," the study concluded.
This article appeared in the August 19, 2007 edition of the Milford Daily News.
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