“Discovery learning” is failing our children, by Philip Sullivan, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto.
New report from C.D. Howe Institute, written by Anna Stokke: What to do about Canada’s declining math scores?
Alberta Math and Education Forum: Restoring Excellence and Evidence-Based Teaching in the K-12 Curriculum
When: May 29th, 6:00pm
Where: Lister Centre (11613 87 Ave), Edmonton, Alberta
Free of charge. Open mic for parents.
1. To bring education officials, educators and parents together to discuss concerns regarding the direction of education in Alberta under the Inspiring Education “21st century learning”/inquiry-based initiative.
2. To review evidence-based teaching practices that have helped generations of students achieve excellence in school and in life.
3. To develop a clear course of action to stop unwanted, unproven and detrimental initiatives in Alberta education by September 2015.
Dr. Robert Craigen – University of Manitoba mathematician, leading the advocacy to re-establish standards of practice in mathematics teaching across Canada.
Dr. Vladimir Troitsky – University of Alberta mathematician, leading the advocacy to re-establish excellence in math education in Alberta.
Mr. Stuart Wachowicz – Educator, former director of Alberta Curriculum design.
Update: the talks from this forum are now available on YouTube:
Nhung Tran Davies
Congratulations to WISE Math cofounder, Anna Stokke, for receiving a 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction award for Community Activism and Social Enterprise. Anna was one of twelve women to receive a Women of Distinction award on Wednesday night.
In her acceptance speech, Anna highlighted the decline in math scores (particularly in Manitoba) and vowed to continue advocating for better math education for kids in Manitoba and across Canada.
More details can be found here or in this Winnipeg Free Press article.
Anna Stokke with tips for parents to help kids memorize times tables.
Marc Lapointe from Stuff for Parents with an excellent video: Discovery Math: The Mottled Fallout of a Shiny Idea.