I read with interest Andy Isaacs’ response (12/15, Letters, on behalf of the University of Chicago Mathematics authors) to Michelle Malkin’s “Everyday Math program doesn’t add up.”
Ms. Malkin’s comment that this program represents a “dumbing down” of mathematics could not be further from the truth.
The program is as rich as you will find. It incorporates solid teaching techniques, hands-on experiences and links to real life, and it fosters alternative methods of computation.
Practice through interesting game formats offers an alternative to drill and practice sheets and encourages parental participation.
Ever wonder why most children have so much trouble mastering subtraction? It is simple: In America we teach subraction using the old cross-out, borrow, carryover algorithm as the only method.
Try this: Give your child the problem (300-1). Does he resort to this standard algorithm and perhaps reach an incorrect answer, or does he (as a child taught with the EM program) first think about the problem and see that it is a simple mental calculation?
Before writing a disparaging article, you really should do your homework, Ms. Malkin.
Retired Shawnee Mission teacher