To the Chancellor and Members of the Board of Education:
I am unable to attend tonight’s BOE calendar meeting.
But I am in full support of Elizabeth Carson’s view that the math grants that will be rubber-stamped tonight support a math program that will reduce students to the lowest common denominator.
After five years of fighting a high school battle, I am tired of the fiction that the BOE wants parental involvement; it certainly didn’t want our middle-class input. Regardless of the subject, we are dismissed as elitist. As a physician, I used math professionally. I, and all the physicians I know, view the claim that what they teach is “real world” math as ridiculous. It is simply inferior mathematics. At the end of the day, two things count in math: speed and accuracy. This “real world” math devalues both. I cannot imagine a single adult who would welcome the physician, pilot, engineer who supplanted accuracy with creativity in math.
I have started to collect homework from other parents at school who are appalled at this program. The following is an example:
“You would have gotten a 5 [a perfect score] because all the math is correct. But you did not right [sic] complete sentences.”
I think that sums it up.
Jeanne Kassler, MD
Co-Founder, Partnership for an