Monday, April 6, 2009

The FIDIWTS response

Stefanie Nelkens, an NYC HOLD member, active at and writes:

A formula for school districts on how to handle parents uprisings against reform math programs.

FIDIWTS - (pronounced Fidiwitz)

Step 1. Feign concern - Listen sympathetically and change nothing

Step 2. Isolate - If complaints persist, tell concerned parents they are in the minority and everyone else is happy with the program

Step 3. Divide and conquer - If parents organize, offer multiple parent math nights spreading "all is well - don't worry" vibes

Step 4. Interest will die down over time - Form a Math Committee to look into things and report back at a later date

Step 5. We're doing something - Put in some band aids- a computer program, extra help

Step 6. Tell them what they want to hear - Talk about a blended curriculum and change nothing

Step 7. Show them what they want to see - Send home recognizable homework but continue to promote reform math at school

Repeat as necessary.

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