The full quote:
"Baseless pedagogical theories mean that the educators’ long-term captive audience—K–12 teachers, most drawn from the middle academic tier of our high school population and the bottom third of our undergraduate population—will know even less about authentic mathematics than they do now."
William Briggs asks this question:
Here are four problems, published by the New York Daily News, that high school graduates attempted as they entered the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The percents are those who answered correctly.
64%: 5 + 3 (4+6)
44%: How much is 0.2 divided by 5?
34%: Write 3/8 as a decimal
10%: Solve the equation x2 = 9
What should you know about what is being taught to your children? Here's the conclusion of Sandra Stotsky:
"If the bleak math statistics in the United States don’t change soon, such 'surprise' may well be imminent. The math wars, which started in debates about pedagogy, may end in questions about the long-term prospects for American prosperity."
If you go over to the Astoria School District website, on the banner you will read these words:
"Astoria School District Vision: Students of the Astoria School District will achieve their individual potentials through academic excellence and the use of critical and creative thinking. Students will be citizens of the earth, embracing responsibility for self, family, community, and democracy."
Not a single word about math proficiency, or reading and writing at a college entry level.
The Sandra Stotsky article is concise. Read the whole thing here.
You want the government to run Health Care? They can't even run education.
And the picture at the top of this page? The high school posted this pic on their website a while ago. Somebody thought it would be a good idea for the kids to learn about homelessness, so they dragged some boxes into the commons and had kids pretend they were homeless.
What a country.