Elementary schools are adding math specialists, reports the Washington Post. Too many elementary teachers didn’t like math when they were in school, took very little in college and don’t understand it well enough to explain concepts like place value to children.
. . . elementary teachers must understand enough algebra, geometry and probability to see how beginning skills link to more complex ones, educators say. To tackle abstract math in middle school — a major goal for educators nationwide — students should be comfortable with whole numbers and fractions. Many adults have trouble with the latter.
The reporter is writing a blog on her experiences retaking Algebra II in high school.