Manitoba Association of Parent Councils hosts parent information forum

This Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 AM – 12:30 PM
Riel School Division, 900 St Mary’s Rd
Free event open to all Manitoba parents

MAPC has arranged what they assure us will be a balanced discussion of math education in Manitoba and how parents can support their child at home.  They also assure us that the event is not by invitation only and that any Manitoba parent can attend, regardless of their views on math education and the Manitoba math curriculum.

This may be an excellent opportunity for concerned parents to become better informed by hearing directly from those who have shaped their child’s education in math and had a hand in the design of the WNCP math curriculum.

Speakers include three important education ministry officials, two of whom were instrumental in the design of the WNCP curriculum, and three education professors who are involved in the training of teachers.  These folks should be well-equipped to address the questions of concerned parents.

Register today by emailing

See also the MAPC announcement for the event

We encourage parents to attend, and send me an email to let us know what you think!
Robert Craigen, WISE Math

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Alberta Education adds standard algorithms to math curriculum

Alberta Education is to be commended for adding standard algorithms to the Alberta math curriculum. Congratulations to Dr. Nhung Tran Davies and her team and to the mathematicians in Alberta who advocated for this!

Link to Nhung Tran-Davies’ petition

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Manitoba government: K-8 teachers now required to complete two math courses in university for certification

The Manitoba government announced yesterday that K-8 teachers will be required to complete two math content courses in university to obtain teacher certification.

Manitoba Education News Release, September 8, 2015.

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Helping your child with math

Parental help factors in on math success by Anna Stokke

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Comment: Failed fads resurface in ‘new’ B.C. curriculum

From Tara Houle in Times Colonist: Comment: Failed fads resurface in ‘new’ B.C. curriculum

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Summer reading suggestions from WISE Math

Here are some summer reading suggestions on education.

1. What to do about Canada’s declining math scores by Anna Stokke.

2. Seven Myths About Education by Daisy Christodoulou.

3. Teaching math in the 21st Century by Barry Garelick.

4. Standing in the education gap: A common sense approach to helping your child succeed in school by Marc Lapointe.

5. Progressively worse: The burden of bad ideas in British schools by Robert Peal.

Have a great summer from WISE Math!

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Philip Sullivan: “Discovery learning” is failing our children

“Discovery learning” is failing our children, by Philip Sullivan, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto.

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