Rethinking Math

“M-A-T-H. What thoughts come to mind with the word MATH? The three R’s. A government school ‘required subject,’ according to many state statutes and some local regulations. An essential topic in any homeschool.”

So writes Cafi Cohen in her column for the Jan/Feb, 1997 issue of Home Education Magazine, as she addresses Rethinking Midschool/High School Math. Cafi continues:

“Past that point, what official guidance are you given for teaching math? Often, none. What you cover and how you cover it is up to you. In the absence of specific directions, many homeschooling families pursue what I call School Math. School Math is how most parents studied math when they attended school; and it is how most schools still teach math.”

Read more about the topic – free online – at the link above.

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One Response to Rethinking Math

  1. Brian (a.k.a. "Professor Homunculus") on July 28, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Amen, brother! Another article you might find helpful is “Curriculums – Just another Brick in the WallThe Math Mojo Chronicles.

    It also doubts that following what hasn’t worked for the masses is probably not what you should do for your homeschool family, or any other family.