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We Support Teachers Teaching!
Did you know . . . Some math teachers in Fairfield Public School are only allowed to teach students 5 to 8 minutes per class under a new curriculum called College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM)?
Did you know . . .This new math curriculum is being used without the vote of the Board of Education and without proper textbooks provided to students?
Did you know . . .Many students in Algebra I and Algebra II are struggling to learn under this self-taught or student-taught curriculum?
Here’s How The New Math Curriculum Works Under College Preparatory Mathematics or CPM, teachers spend a small fraction of class time on new concepts (5 to 8 minutes). The reminder of valuable instructional time is allocated to students teaching themselves math concepts working in small groups with group grading. www.cpm.org
Teachers merely serve as facilitators monitoring students and reinforcing a productive learning experience.
Teachers are not allowed to provide answers. Instead, they ask students to predict the answers to math questions.
Memorization and skill practice are de-emphasized.
Math problems focus on reading and writing.
Students are encouraged to guess to find equations and then check to see if they are correct… if not, try again.
Students, Working In Groups of 4, Are Assigned Roles:
■ Resource Manager: This student is the only one allowed to ask “team questions” to the teacher. He/She gets the supplies for the team.
■ Facilitator: This student reads the task out loud. He/She makes sure each student understands and is on task.
■ Recorder/Reporters: This student shares the team’s results with the class.
■ Task Manager: This student keeps the team focused on the assignment and monitors if anyone is talking outside of his/her team.
We know of only one school district Mansfield School District in Connecticut currently using CPM. School districts in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington have dropped CPM. Why is our district using the CPM curriculum?
What We Want We respectfully request that the Fairfield Board of Education immediately stop using this new curriculum (CPM) and teaching methodology to teach our children.
Instead, we request that either:
(a) A new curriculum be developed by the Administration looking to outstanding school districts as models or
(b) Singapore Mathematics, a successful curriculum used in Westport, Wilton, and Bridgeport, be implemented in our district. Link to Singamore Math Site.
This petition is sponsored by “Fairfield Math Advocates”, a group of parents concerned about our children’s education. You can contact us directly by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please support by signing our petition and forwarding to fellow Fairfield Public School parents.
I am for Singapore Math!
Please listen to the voice of the people - select Singapore Math program. I taught math at a private high school in Andover, MA, at a private university and at a local community college. Having diverse experience with multiple curricula at multiple levels with different text books, I strongly urge the BOE to proceed with the the Singapore Math text (understanding text books and curriculum are not one in the same)...thank you.
I cannot attend the BOE meeting on 2/20/13 but want to voice strongly for the Singapore Math Primary which is used in Westport and Weston. Those schools have tested it and their scores show that it works when taught as it was created and not modified or "dummied down". In addition, I feel the public school ciriculumn is quickly going downhill. One of the main reasons we moved to this area was the high ranking school system and that is no longer the case according th the state statistics. I also feel strongly that there has to be more focus on the children that are "average" and "above average" and not change the ENTIRE ciriculmn for children that need more help. We should be looking at our school education system in its entirely as a country and not subject by subject.
CPM is a proven failure on all levels...most importantly for our children. Our neighboring districts are successfully using Singapore Math...why would we knowingly accept anything less from the BOE?
Please choose the Singapore Math book!
Why the BOE would even consider implementing an elementary school math program that ALL the experts determine is damaging to our children, fails to prepare our them for middle and high school education, as well as their future careers and lives is egregiously irresponsible at best. Wake up Central office, Wake up BOE, wake up curriculum "leaders", READ what the experts are saying about the various math curriculums, and the results that each yields. You have a responsibility to do what is best for our children and their futures.
Anne L. Beaurline,
Extremely unhappy with the math curriculum at the elementary school math level. It makes no sense - what was wrong with the 'old fashioned' way of learning math? Due to the new method, I am unable to help my children with their work and they have a hard time explaining the processes to me. We have encountered hours of tears and frustration. If it ain't broke, why fix it?!
this is a disgrace!!! Many thanks to all the parents who have dedicated their energy to this effort. This would do a MAJOR disservice to all children!
It really does suck
Neysa McDonald M.D.,
Not at all happy with the new curriculum, esp when they are using the 8th grade class as guinea pigs! How are these kids ever going to catch up? Shall we send our tutoring bills to the district?
What was the catalyst for a revamp in the curriculum and choosing CPM? Who made this decision?
I'm hopeful that a credible math program with proven results will be implemented in Q1 2013 to replace this system.
To have the administration step over the line and disregard the parents' and the BOE to put this pilot program in play is unacceptable. To have witnessed the defensive and dismissive nature of the Administration in their dealings with the parents' concerns was alarming. The checks and balances are gone and the system is failing. We can no longer accept a budget that increases in spending on Administration and decreases spending on our childrens' education. This has to stop now!
I support teachers teaching
This new method does not work. US education already falls behind other countries so this will not help our children to learn math effectively
This system doesn't work. We are supposed to be giving our children the best education possible. CPM is putting our children at a disadvantage.
Yes, my son entered Freshman year getting an A on the entry assessment test, a B the next, and a C- on the next. I have since gotten involved and was dismayed when downloading the "text" to see sparse and vague material. There was nothing that could be used as a "reference" to review concepts or gain understanding of the material independently through a chapter review. Can we get some objective unbiased professionals to review this text for structure, content, and ease of use for the student ... and maybe some good alternative suggestions so that we are coming to this problem with some solutions, and not just complaints? The clock is ticking ...
And yes, our kids deserve a textbook that has answers to at least the odd problems so they can, in one book, without the computer, check if they are on the right track. This book will have all the references needed in case they didn't get it in class, and the glossary at their fingertips so they can access any new math terminology that they are unsure of. Everything should be there in one book!
the fact that the kids do NOT GET A TEXTBOOK is insanity. using a computer to scroll and find information is very difficult and time consuming.
I think it is a disgrace that a Math curriculum would be initiated in the Fairfield Public schools without the appropriate approval. It is hard to understand why all the other neighboring districts chose Singapore Math and we are stuck with CPM. Our children are being but at a disadvantage.
I cannpot make it to the 12/11 meeting to make my voice heard on this point, but I could not be more concerned about this approach. I absolutely object to this peer-to-peer teach method at this age.
I am not convinced this is the way to teach math. Have a friend whose daughter graduated high school last year in Branford and had to take remedial math in college. With the new education reform in this state, I hear the State of CT colleges are now not going to teach remedial math any longer. What will happen to the kids if they don't get a good education in high school? I vote no!
Have a friend whose daughter graduated high school last year from Branford and had to take remedial math in college. I hear the State of CT colleges are now not going to teach remedial math any longer. What will happen to the kids if they don't get a good education in high school? I vote no!
Usually my daughter is an A student in math with little need for extra help. This year we have had to hire a weekly math tutor. She is very, very unhappy in math class.
The BOE is there for a reason- bring this new curriculum before THEM
Eileen B. Wheeler,
Melissa Aldridge Carlson,
Although the assigned roles for the group in theory make sense, too much is dependent on which kids are in a group and what the motivation-level and strengths of each child are.
The CPM curriculum seems like a very ineffective way to teach math. Many of the students I know benefit from more teacher instruction which is why they go for extra help, or have outside tutors. All three of my children say they don't like working in groups, especially in Math: "one student does all the work, and everyone get the same credit" and "everyone has a different idea of how to do it, so it just gets more confusing." I can't understand why the BOE would have pushed this through, and why they would have ruled out Singapore math. We need to change this NOW, or it could take years of hard work, and poor performance, to have it changed later.
This math program doesn't teach me anything and it is hard to understand book.
Mary Ellen Connelly,
I've been talking with the brainiest, geekiest, most awesome math teachers outside our district who DeSpiSe this CPM structure. Really wondering why it's hitting us so quickly and under the radar. This needs more brilliance to continue...
It is unacceptable to allow the use of this curriculum in our school district.
This new curriculum sounds just awful as well as a detriment to our schools.
when most kids who have preciously gotten excellent grades become bewildered and are as a group not producing as they were, there is no coincidence -- this is not about one student, it is about the vast majority of learners, and sadly, they are not learning well under this new method
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My daughter is taking statistics and she is living proof that this system does not work. Statistics is being taught in a reading format rather than number format. Teacher doesn't agree with curriculum either but he must follow it. In turn, he and my daughter have to stay after school to do 1:1 private tutoring for her to understand the curriculum. i took statistics recently in college and it was never taught this way. I understood it and did well because of the way it was taught. Curriculum matters!
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The year is almost half over! Please show your support if you're concerned about your kids math education.
Students in Asia do much better than American students in math. Singapore way may help our children better.
Teachers need to teach. Students need to learn. Differentiation needs to exist in content. One size does not fit all. Our district's standardized test scores need to improve, so why would our district select such a controversial, unsound program... funding/grant? Are we their experiment?
It is ridiculous to think children can teach themselves with minimal supervision. Please use good common sense & get rid of this program immediately and get our poor children back on track!
My child should not be responsible for teaching another child math. Moreover, she feels personally responsible when children in her group get questions wrong on tests. She thinks she didn't teach them well enough. This is ridiculous!!
now we have to pay for tutors. the town should pay!!!!
This program is a total disaster for my son in 9th grade.
Do not go down this road of constructivist math. It was a total disaster for our district--41% of 7th and 8th graders failed the state mandated tests one year. After a long battle, we finally got rid of the program (along with the superintendent). Our math scores now are near the top of the county and one of our elementary schools was recognized as the top in our state!
Nancy von Euler,
Sounds like the Singapore math is the way to go!
Kelly Anne Sohigian,
These kids are not in a position to teach others. The teachers have to teach the right way to solve things and then have the kids explore other solutions. Otherwise, the students grasp and response will be slower. We should adopt the proven Singapore Math concepts.
This needs attention right now! For years parents have been offering solutions that the BOE has ignored.
not working for my kid
Don't experiment on our kids. If you want change, move to Singapore Math which is proven and has been adopted by a few well respected neighboring towns. Teachers need to teach and support education with sound facts not leaving it up to 11-14 year olds working in groups with varying levels. Middle school children are too young for this. I agree in the real world this will be the case, however the ones that excel get promoted with greater responsibility and challenge not become bored and under challenged waiting for their co-workers to catch up. How did this get pushed through by the committee when there are so many parents in the community against this. Where is the interest here?
I have an 8th grader and freshman in Fairfield Public Schools and the current math program is failing both children. It simply doesn't work! Haven't we wasted enough time? I hope the Board of Education listens to the parents, teachers and students and does something to change this program immediately.
We urge the BOE to act quickly in the best interest of our children.