Letter — Math changes with the times
It was with dismay and disappointment that I read comments in the Oct. 18 “My View” about our school district’s intent to purchase a new math curriculum.
Why would you make negative comments about a math curriculum before finding out about the program for yourself? The Tuesday before your (column) was printed, the school district held a meeting for parents of children who are in classes piloting the new curriculum. At the meeting Shawn Kelley, a math curriculum specialist, informed the parents about how the program we are piloting is designed to prepare our students for he mathematics they will be required to have as survival skills in the 21st century. We don’t live in the world you and I grew up in and the skills needed today are not the same either. Many of the jobs and tasks today’s students will be require to perform are still being developed. Mr. Kelley also answered specific questions concerning the parents’ involvement in their children’s math education, the very thing you complained about in your (column).
You insinuated that the school district purchases unnecessary curricula on a regular basis and the result is that parents are left struggling over how to help their children with their homework. In fact the state of California Department of Education allows — and even encourages, with state funds — school districts to review and replace one new curriculum every year on a seven-year rotation. This means all curriculums are changed every seven years. This year it is math. I want to assure you that a major selection criteria is that the program we adopt meets the needs of parents, who, like yourself, want to be involved and able to help in their children’s education.
Sierra House fifth-grade teacher
Lake Tahoe Unified School District Math Committee member
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