They didn’t tell me there would be math. Ha. This from this morning’s Boston Globe ….
Nearly three-quarters of the aspiring elementary school teachers who took the state’s licensing exam this year failed the new math section, according to results being released today that focus on the subject for the first time.
Education leaders said the high failure rate reflects what they feared, that too many elementary classroom and special education teachers do not have a strong background in math and are in many ways responsible for poor student achievement in the subject, even in middle and high schools.
Elementary school teachers, including those in charge of first-grade classrooms, are considered the front line of math instruction, providing the building blocks of computation and mathematical reasoning that students must master before tackling algebra, trigonometry, and calculus later in their academic lives.
Some callers suggested it’s the result of poor math teaching for the teachers. Others suggest it’s the crazy way they teach math today. Either way its not good.
We were able however to smuggle out video from one of the teacher’s math prep classes. Enjoy.