From:Barry GarelickDate:May 8, 2013, 10:05:27 AM EDTTo:“U.S. Coalition for World Class Math”Subject:Re: [U.S. Coalition for World Class Math] Fairfield CT: School board drop the CPM…

Barry Garelick

10:05am May 8 Tricia Donovan was quite active in the parent protest; congratulations on getting CPM removed.Original Post

10:03am May 8 Fairfield CT: School board votes to drop the CPM algebra textbook. A parent group had protested against this textbook. I am familiar with the CPM series, having had to teach the algebra textbook as a student teacher. It is very much discovery-oriented, and there are aspects of the book that are extremely inefficient and confusing for students in my opinion–and apparently in the opinion of many Fairfield parents.

“Rasmussen’s recommendation came months after parents organized a Fairfield Math Advocates group objecting to the pilot use of the CPM math textbook for teaching Algebra I at the secondary-school level without board approval.

“Following an extensive review process that included teachers, administrators and parents, Margaret Boice, director of secondary education, recommended that Big Ideas: A Common Core Math Curriculum be used for Math 6, Transition Math 6, Math 7, Pre-Algebra 7 and Pre-Algebra 8. She also suggested that Algebra 1: Common Core, published by Pearson, be used to teach Algebra I Grade 8 and Algebra 12 (ninth-grade math) and that Geometry: Common Core, also by Pearson, be used for Geometry 21 and Geometry 22.”

I know Big Ideas was adopted in Fairfax County, VA and from what I hear it also is fairly fuzzy. Haven’t heard of the algebra and geometry books metnioned above that were adopted, but my suspicion is that if it is being marketed as “Common Core aligned” chances are it may also have its share of problems from what I’m seeing in the publisher/marketing arena.

http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/Schools-officials-Drop-controversial-math-text-4498254.php

Schools officials: Drop controversial math text

www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com Administrators recommend Fairfield schools not use the College Preparatory Mathematics textbook to t…

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