Vern Williams teaches math the old-fashioned way, writes Jay Mathews in the Washington Post. Students love it.
. . . as innovative as Williams is, he is a stubborn advocate of what has worked for math teachers for centuries: demanding assignments, hard work and some repetition. He hates fads, hates the derisive term “drill and kill” for traditional math teaching and refuses to use the new textbooks with all those colorful pictures.
“When you start telling me that you have to print books with 10 different colors on every page, with charts and stories about the rain forest and what you are going to do at Giant today because we have to make everything relevant 100 percent of the time . . . I say, no, no,” he said. “I think we are doing our students a disservice.”
Williams thinks today’s students are just as capable of learning challenging material as students in the past. His students certainly are.