tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3084649008456295942.post1908884962393349733..comments2016-02-16T04:19:02.429-05:00Comments on Math Experts - Q & A: The Case for Standard AlgorithmsPascal Blacquehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03012901496244944089noreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3084649008456295942.post-620442090054468912012-09-24T22:12:46.157-04:002012-09-24T22:12:46.157-04:00Pascal, thanks for writing about how destructive &...Pascal, thanks for writing about how destructive "Constructivist" Math. I've seen how Constructivist math succeeds in CONSTRUCTING a lot of students who never master anything. I've seen the inefficient rabbit holes that students are lead down. It's no wonder that students struggle to pass the most basic exams. The NYS Regents exams for math have been thoroughly DUMMED down. The material is so basic compared to the material from 20 years ago. Plus the scale has become too generous: a few years ago, a student would need only about 50% correct to pass with a scaled score of 65. But on a recent Integrated Algebra 1 Regents exam, a student who got 46% correct was awarded with an average-sounding scaled score of 73. And of the 46% correct, many of the problems could be solved by using guess-n-check games (i.e., not algebraic solutions). Students have 3 hours to take Regents exams that they should be able to finish in 1 to 1½ hours so they have all the time in the world to "backsolve" from the answer choices. For the free response questions, it's rare to find one that is thought provoking or even remotely challenging.<br /><br />I hope that Bloomberg appoints a Chancellor who kills the Everyday Math curriculum and actually requires students to master the basics. If not, students will be further lead down the road to incompetence and won't be able to qualify for jobs that require basic (or not so basic) math skills.<br /><br /><br />Best regards,<br /><br /><br />Mark Kronenberg<br />Founder, MATH 1-2-3®<br />Specialists in Math Tutoring & Test Prep<br />888-MATH-123<br />www.math123.comMark Kronenberghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14310709832106686289noreply@blogger.com