Barry Garelick is OK with the Obamas’ decision to send their daughters to private school. But he fears the girls won’t learn math at Sidwell Friends.
. . . Sidwell uses Investigations in Number, Data and Space, one of the NSF-sponsored atrocities that passes as a math course and grossly underprepares students for math.
. . . Many parents . . . allow themselves to be convinced that procedural fluency and conceptual understanding cannot possibly work in tandem.
Educated parents can tutor their children in math or hire a tutor, Garelick writes. Then, when the kids test well, the curriculum gets the credit. But many parents don’t know how to help their children with math and can’t afford tutoring. If the school’s curriculum is confusing, the kids stay confused.