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I’ve known several NSCP grads and they have done really well in college and in advanced math–would not worry too much.

]]>I’m not sure at all. I’m a big math person, but I did have a turning point in middle school where I went from hating it to loving it, based on a good teacher who sat down an helped me see the light. If not for her, I might think the old-fashioned way was pretty crummy.

I get the concept that different kids learn different ways. However my son recently had a homework page (Everyday Math) that I think referenced 5 different options for solving, which seems like a little overkill for young kids. And of course I still revert back to “my” way of learning.

I’m also torn about the supposed reference to the use of calculators in that video. I mean, really, it’s true…..

]]>“An analysis of high school mathematics standards, and one state’s standards in particular, suggests that high school students enrolled in mathematics courses using an integrated approach to mathematics may find it more difficult to take advanced mathematics course work (e.g., calculus or precalculus) in their senior year than high school students who are able to enroll in an Algebra II course in their sophomore or junior year.” (http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/mathpanel/report/final-report.pdf)

It’s an interesting read…for those into this stuff. : )

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