Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Dummies Guide to:
....... The Seattle Court's Math ruling

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Blogger Charlie Mas said...

I've re-read the judge's decision, and I think it comes down to this:

Inquiry-based math instruction has been demonstrated as non-effective, particularly with ELL students.
(This kind of book sucks)

The adopted texts support inquiry-based instruction only.
(The Discovering Math books suck)

Therefore, no reasonable Board member could select the materials from Key Curriculum Press.
(It's stupid to pick books that suck)

Honestly, I think that the only Board action that could be compliant with the order would be either the rejection of the Discovery Series or some really astonishing combination of evidence and argument that shows that inquiry-based math works for anyone and for ELL students in particular. The easier of the two paths would be former.

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