Fuzzy math is to blame for lagging test scores in New York City, writes HOLD’s Elizabeth Carson in the Daily News. City schools use Everyday Math.
Everyday Math systematically downplays addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, which everyone knows are the foundations for all higher math. Instead of learning those basic four operations like the backs of their hands, students are asked to choose from an array of alternative methods, such as an ancient Egyptian method for multiplication. Long division is especially frowned upon.
There are no textbooks; that would just be too traditional. Instead, the idea is that kids ought to sit in groups, while a “facilitator” – that’s the teacher – helps.
Calculators are introduced in kindergarten.