We’re a group of Primary School pupils in the UK trying to change the way maths is treated in our school and make it more interesting on a par with literacy. Check out our blog, which at the moment is mostly all about the Year 6 SATS tests. ]]>

The standards for mathematical practice, on the other hand, represent a long term philosophy of what it means to know, do, learn, and teach math. And it is here that the real core of the Math Wars resides. If you poke at objections to the Common Core Math Standards coming from old “math warrior” folks on the anti-Common Core, anti-NCTM Standards side of things, you’ll quickly glean, if they are honest, that their deepest objections are to the Standards for Practice, regardless of what they might say to a journalist. People like R. James Milgram make a lot of noise about calculus and calculus readiness, but that’s a smokescreen. The real issue is whether we continue to teach math as it was done for the most part before 1989 (and for the most part is STILL done today), or take a jump into the 21st century. For Milgram and many others, any move away from the tried-and-failed (for most students) approach is a mortal sin, to be damned and eschewed at all costs.

We cannot, as a profession, as a nation, as ethical human beings, allow people like that to prevail.

]]>