I find this article very interesting and telling. I do think the approach that we take in teaching math concepts definitely needs to be tweaked. One of my favorite suggestions is from Kahn Academy (check my blog for a post about this program). The approach is changing how we teach math by flipping it. The homework/work is done in class with the educator so that children fully understand the concepts while the learning is done at home. You don't move up the ranks/in the system until each child reaches 100% of understanding the concepts.
I keep hearing that we're teaching for memorization but not for really understanding, contemplating and most importantly deciphering the concepts of math so these children can have active and creative thoughts. Anyway, thought you might find this interesting and not to scare or shock but bring attention to the role of us as parents to fill in the proverbial gaps when partnering alongside the educator.
For more information on Kahn Academy
Who is Salman Kahn founder of Kahn Academy and why is he so great? Check out a presentation he did at the famous Ted Conferences. You will see why he's so great with how to approach math for our future learners.
Even Charlie Rose interviewed Salman Kahn from Kahn Academy
Okay, now I'm interested to learn more about Kahn Academy
Check out their library of almost 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 211 practice exercises.
Did you know?
If you are an Ipad user the Kahn Academy has a wonderful ap for the new learner that Mr. Kahn himself teaches concepts to understand all mathematic levels in learning.