Students Are Casualties of Math Wars

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While debates rage over how to teach math, kids aren't learning and teachers are struggling. Students need to know how to solve problems using the conceptual framework of mathematics and scientific inquiry. In training teachers, math is the only area in which college professors consistently must teach content as well as methods of teaching. The Washington State Transition Mathematics Project -- a collaborative project of K-12, community and technical colleges, and baccalaureate institutions -- has recently published a comprehensive set of college readiness standards. Teacher educators and OSPI must leave the math-war battlefield and provide a consistent, balanced curriculum that includes skills, fluency and natural approaches to problem solving.

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Seattle PI

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