Letter: Parents deserve a say in math curriculum

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Your article about the Chicago Math program and the concerns parents have has been played out numerous times across the country and here in Maine over the past few years. Our district recently did away with Investigations in Data and Space for K-5 and Connected Math for Middle School. Our School Board considered many factors including the recommendations of the National Math Advisory Panel. The study warned against spiraling curriculum and encouraged teaching “standard algorithms.” One big advantage of some of the new, more blended programs, is the online access. This allows students and parents to go online at home page by page in their textbook.

The newly adopted Common Core Standards in math call for teaching “standard algorithms.”

Anna Collins and other parents should be allowed to have a say in what is taught in their schools. College math professors know what kids need to be successful in their class, lets get their opinion.

Pat Murray
Bradford

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