I wanted to post this thought out there to create some discussion and debate.
We are continuously hearing reports about how our students are "failing" when it comes to numeracy and math all over our country. Is it that our kids aren't meeting the standards, or is it that our curriculum isn't meeting the standards of today's kids.
It seems that many students stop taking Math for one simple reason, it scares them.
Student's are so used to being assessed in their numeracy and literacy skills and ranked or compared to their similar aged counter parts; that the interest in Math has seemly decreased.
Today's student has everything at their finger tips, even if they aren't sure how to graph the quadratic equation, they can find a video on youtube or even come up with the correct answer through another blog post or even google's own graphing calculator.
What are these kids really learning? What is learning without understanding?
A great deal of our students do not go on to University or College and pursue degrees in Business or Finance; why are we forcing them through a curriculum in high school that is only catering to a select few individuals.
I find that many students are lacking basic everyday Math skills.
Students need to understand Math and all other aspects of Math that come with living in the real world. Many kids don't know anything about interest rates and loans or mortgages. Or even how to calculate percentages or ratios. Something as simple as multiplication and addition skills have gone by the wayside with the invention of the smartphone.
The smartphone can be useful to obtain a great deal of knowledge, but what the smartphone cannot do is provide problem solving and reasoning skills.
I know there isn't really a direct focus to my blog post, but does anyone have any insights that they would like to share?