Math Doesn't Add Up for Parents

1 decade 8 months 3 days ago Wednesday, April 11 2007 Apr 11, 2007 Wednesday, April 11, 2007 10:10:48 PM CDT April 11, 2007 in News

Wednesday night the Columbia Public School District met with parents to discuss the revision of the math curriculum.

Not all Columbia parents are happy with the current system.

Candy Iveson was among many parents at Smithton Middle School Wednesday night to hear an update on the school district's curriculum revision process.

Iveson is a member of the Columbia Parents for Real Math, a group concerned about the current curriculum, and she thinks that the program needs a complete overhaul.

"This current program is very one size fits all. It's very rigid. It's not very flexible," Iveson said.

As it is now, the math program teaches in a non-traditional way.

Columbia schools instituted it between 2001 and 2003, but parents have become concerned that it's not working.

The Columbia School District decided to host three parent math nights, in an effort to give parents more input.

"We wanted to remove some of the mystery behind the data collection process," Chip Sharp, secondary math coordinator, said.

The school board hopes that Wednesday's meeting clears up any question parents may have about the current curriculum, but Iveson said the school board is still missing the point.

"Their position is parents just don't understand it, so they offer math nights to parents, teachers have to come back here at night to do things...I would much rather those teachers be tutoring kids," Iveson said.

It's a fight where both sides just don't seem to add up.

The school district revises all its course curriculum every five years.

The math task force will present its final revision to the school board on May 24.

Reported by: Andrew Guthrie

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