## Monthly archives for June, 2013

# Heated discussion at BOE, controversi...

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – Meg Learson Grosso
The discussion was sometimes heated as the Fairfield Board of Education talked about the state’s decision to investigate Fairfield’s use of a controversial Algebra I textbook without the approval of the board. According to state law, there must be such approval.
Board memb [...]

# Editorial:How can school board justif...

Any time members of a town board want to go behind closed doors to discuss the public’s business, the public should pay close attention.
And it’s time to pay close attention to the Fairfield Board of Education. (scroll down for comment section)
The board remains mired in a controversy involving the use this school year [...]

# Questions Arise About Need for Algebr...

Should all students take Algebra 2?
Florida seemed to say “no” this spring with the passage of a law striking it from graduation requirements. Texas said much the same in legislation Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed this week that also backs away from Algebra 2 for all.
Those steps come as the Common Core State Standards for ma [...]

# Try Some Real Critical Math Thinking!

Synthesize your skill sets and apply them to the problems in this blog. This is not the same as discovery learning and students are not figuring out basic skills, rather they are solving complex problems of the highest caliber.
http://fivetriangles.blogspot.com/2013/05/68-volume-of-solid.html

# Ed Glaeser’s Straw Man on Commo...

Jim Stergios
In today’s Globe, Ed Glaeser, an economist by trade and a member of the Gates Foundation advisory board for domestic programs, shares his thoughts on education standards – a topic on which we generally refer to experts. Think national education experts like Sandra Stotsky, James Milgram, Ze’ev Wurman, Mark Bauerlein, and folks wh [...]

# The Faulty Logic of the Math Wars

THE STONE June 16, 2013, 10:20 pm 414 Comments
The Faulty Logic of the ‘Math Wars’
By ALICE CRARY and W. STEPHEN WILSON
There is a great progressive tradition in American thought that urges us not to look for the aims of education beyond education itself. Teaching and learning should not be conceived as merely instrumental affairs; t [...]

# Constant constructivism, group work a...

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By Laurie H. Rogers- November 5, 2012
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. … Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of thei [...]

# CT State Board of Education Finds Cau...

Core Connections CPM Algebra 1 Textbook
On April 24th, the State’s investigation into the complaint that Fairfield changed its Algebra 1 textbook without Board of Education (BOE) approval concluded that the “Fairfield Board failed to vote on the change of textbook for Algebra I classes, as required by C.G.S. Section 10-229.”
On Jun [...]

# Fairfield parents make their point, S...

Photo by Meg Learson Grosso At State Board of Education meeting in Hartford on June 5 is (from left) vice-Chairman Theresa Hopkins-Staten, Chairman Allan B. Taylor, and state Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor.
By Meg Learson Grosso / Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
In a victory for Fairfield parents, the Connecticut State Board of E [...]

# We are Shortchanging America’s ...

We are shortchanging America’s brightest students, and we’re doing it reflexively and furtively. A big part of the problem is our desire to duck hard choices when it comes to kids and schooling. “Differentiated instruction” — the notion that any teacher can simultaneously instruct children of wildly different levels of ability in a single cla [...]

# Grouping Students by Ability Regains ...

Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor in Classroom
Cheryl Senter for The New York Times
Sharon Shea teaching first grade by skill level at Woodman Park Elementary in Dover, N.H.
By VIVIAN YEE
Published: June 9, 2013 703 Comments
It was once common for elementary-school teachers to arrange their classrooms by ability, placing the highest- [...]

# A Progressive Philosophy in Fairfield...

PS 89: A Question of Philosophy
Tribeca Trib
January, 1998
Carl Glassman
Phoebe is not yet two, but her mother, Liz Berger, is already thinking about an elementary school for her. And she knows now that she would like to have a choice.
“How do I know that PS 234 is going to be the right school for her?” said Berger, a new m [...]

# Rejecting Investigations (product of ...

PS 150 Becomes Math Rebel Among Progressive Downtown SchoolsPS 150 Principal Jenny Bonnet with Math in Focus materials that her school has begun using. “As the years progress, I think more and more schools will be opting for this,” she said. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib
By CARL GLASSMAN
Posted Jun. 03, 2013
Just days before P [...]

# State BOE Finds Cause and Orders Inqu...

http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/assets/pdk449/pdk/swf/flvPlayer.swf?pid=IXio3bY0sxF7
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Parents-Upset-Over-New-Textbooks/210347141

# Fairfield textbook controversy hits s...

HARTFORD — The state Board of Education is being asked Wednesday to open an inquiry into the Fairfield Public School system’s full-year use of an Algebra 1 textbook without getting school board approval as state statutes require.
Even though the Fairfield board eventually scrapped the textbook that some parents deemed “fuzzy math,” the situa [...]

# State to probe Fairfield Textbook Cho...

Linda Conner Lambeck
Updated 11:41 pm, Wednesday, June 5, 2013
HARTFORD — The state Board of Education has determined that there is sufficient cause to order a formal inquiry into charges that the Fairfield public school system violated state statutes by its full-year use of an Algebra 1 textbook without school board approval. [...]

# Setting the Record Straight on Abilit...

If committed educators could be easily trained to implement a low-cost intervention that boasted consistent learning gains for all students, headlines would herald the discovery of the educational holy grail.
That low-cost intervention is here and readily available. It’s called ability grouping. Unfortunately, despite overwhelming evidenc [...]

## Who decided what when? Math text cont...