Singapore Math in AFT magazine
The American Educator (current issue, Winter 2010) has an article, not on the texts that some home schoolers and traditionalists use or support here, but on teacher training and professional development in Singapore (Beyond Singapore’s Math Textbooks).
Also, to rile some bloggers, E. D. Hirsch addresses the need for curricula, and along the way takes a few shots at “progressive education.” Creating a Curricula for America: Our Democracy Depends on Shared Knowledge.
And while we’re looking at The American Educator, I owe some sort of review of What’s Sophisticated about Elementary Mathematics (Plenty—That’s Why Elementary Schools Need Math Teachers) (Fall 2009) by Hung-Hsi Wu. It’s a major piece, lead article.
For the record, I love the Wu piece. I am curious about the Singapore professional development, but have no idea how much could be translated. And I have mixed feelings about Hirsch. Agree with him, disagree with him, anyone dealing with standards and content in American schools should be familiar with what he espouses.
The magazine comes out quarterly, and it has regular archives going back to Fall 1997 (though not all articles are available), when I started my first regular teaching assignment. Watching what’s changed, what hasn’t, makes interesting reading. As does noticing that there is an article from 1999 challenging “learning styles” or consistent articles on pedagogy in math going back over a decade.