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Wow. Just confirms my decision of a few years ago.I used to teach for SPS, Middle School Math, among other subjects.I quit and took a lower paying job at a private school because of this issue.The Inlander is, of the two choices in town, the more progressive choice in news. I am surprised that the paper has not come out in stronger terms against this "Discovery" agenda. If there is one goal the corporations have in this nation - it is the keeping the people down. Not so far down they can´t buy what is available at Wal Mart or McDonalds, just far enough down that those are the only places they can shop and dine. Education, in particular math skills, are the great dividing line between those who will have and those who will have not. Ensuring kids are confused and incapable in math is the surest way to keep them down as they grow. Pearson Education, Bill Gates, McGraw-Hill - in short - all those pushing and producing these "reform" texts and curricula are aligned with the corporate elite, hell, they are the corporate elite. These type of math programs are tasty, sugary, sweet - but they are empty calories. They make a fortune for the publishers, they make a fortune for the school administrators charged with integrating them into the dumbing-down of the children, and they make a fortune for the tutoring companies out there raping parents to teach their children what the schools won´t.Parents with money know their children can´t get a college-ready education in Spokane. They send their kids to G-Prep or St. Georges. It is not because they don´t want their children rubbing elbows with their lessors. It is because they expect the education they pay for to produce results - measurable results. Results like 99% of the graduating class moving onto college without the need for remediation. 99% of their graduates in the top percentile on the ACT and SAT. And before anyone excuses those results on the lack of poverty in their student population - Gonzaga Prep takes on students from economically challenged families, not just a few either. I moved to a lower paying job because I would be allowed to teach, because my results would determine my success or failure, because there are mostly teachers at my school and few administrators.SPS is bloated with administrators making three times what teachers make, their job to ensure that teachers don´t teach. Reform math is what we used to use with special education students - the classical approach is not working for the so try anything. The average student in this country can easily grasp and use the "traditional" methods of math. The reason to deny them those tools, to convince them that math is hard and just not everybody´s cup of tea - is to keep them down, Institutionalize low math abilities and you get a compliant and dependable consumer.If you have children in SPS, be the squeeky wheel and force the district to oust those who want to keep you kids on the low end of the economy. Require that they teach your son or daughter classical math first, before occupying their RAM with inneficient and foolish.
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