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Everyday Math an Everyday Drag?

Writing in Forbes, Emily Willingham offers a scathing critique of the Everyday Math program developed by educators at the University of Chicago and used in a not insignificant fraction—Willingham estimates 1/10—of elementary school classrooms.

Willingham boils down her criticism of the curriculum to three ways in which it fails:

  1. "It buys into this notion that all learning must be fun and engaging."
  2. It "completely overlooks the need for the human mind to systematize and to learn to systematize."
  3. It's "'real world' approach" falls flat with concrete thinkers.

Read the essay.

Start Date: 
Friday, January 3, 2014

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