Catherine Johnson at Kitchen Table Math is conducting a survey: How many teachers collect and correct math homework these days?
On Eclectic Educator, Catherine recounts her frustration: Her son’s math book doesn’t provide answers to any problems. (Most math books now provide answers in the back for odd-numbered questions.) Since the homework isn’t corrected in class or by the teacher, students have no feedback on whether they’re solving problems correctly unless Mom or Dad figures out the answers. That takes time for the mathematically challenged parent.
In comments on KTM, Dan Greene of Exponential Curve details his Algebra 2 homework strategy: He gives out an answer key after students have done (or not done) their homework and discusses the questions that stumped the most students. His students’ parents don’t have the education to be math tutors at home.
Mindless Math Mutterings links to three comic videos about math confusion featuring Abbott and Costello, Ma and Pa Kettle and Lisa Simpson. She asked her children about the ’50s videos:
My fourth grade daughter said, “Hey mom, that’s just like Everyday Math! They’re using invented algorithms” as she giggled uncontrollably. My first grade son said, “Mom, those answers are wrong.”
He was right.