Ultimately, extended exercises in ‘math understanding’ simply become new procedures, which small children attempt to memorize because that is what many small children do.
Attempts to reduce achievement gaps in math often do so by eliminating achievement altogether. This doesn’t help anyone (except consultants).
I want my daughter to remember that math is about problem-solving, and imagination, and of endless promise.
John Saxon retired from the military in 1970 and began teaching college students. When they couldn’t do basic math, he wrote them a curriculum that millions of children use today.
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