Math in the Media

Note that this is not an exhaustive list of media coverage that this issue has received in recent years.  For recent media coverage, please visit our Facebook page.

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Selected media coverage involving WISE Math co-founders:

Is there something wrong with the way math is being taught?, CBC’s Cross Country Checkup, June, 2015
Decline of Canadian students’ math skills the fault of discovery math: C.D. Howe Institute, National Post, May, 2015.
How to help your kid with math,  CTV Morning Live, April, 2015
Three top math tips for parents,  CBC’s DNTO, March, 2015
Disappointing math results,  Lang & O’Leary Exchange
Why is it your job to teach your kid math?, Maclean’s Magazine
Is there something wrong with the way math is taught in Canadian schools?, CBC’s Cross Country Checkup
Frustrated professors convince schools to step back from new math and go back to basics, National Post
Basic arithmetic back in class, Winnipeg Free Press

Articles written by WISE Math co-founders and advocates:

Parental help factors in on math success, Anna Stokke Winnipeg Free Press, September, 2015.
Comment: Failed fads resurface in ‘new’ B.C. curriculum, Tara Houle, Times Colonist, September, 2015.
“Discovery learning” is failing our children, by Philip Sullivan, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto, National Post, June, 2015.
Comment: Lack of basic skills holding children back, Tara Houle, Times Colonist, June, 2015.
Halting the slide in math, Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, May, 2015.
No surprise in Manitoba students’ poor math showings, Anna Stokke, CBC opinion piece, October, 2014.
Education system in crisis, Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, October, 2014.
Too much math education is based on pet theories, Anna Stokke, Globe and Mail, September, 2014.
Practice and drills are the keys to math success, Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, September, 2014.
How should we help the most vulnerable children?  by Teresa Murray, Hamilton Spectator, June, 2014.
Let 3 sticks represent 30 and other neanderthal math methods, Anna Stokke, Globe and Mail, March, 2014.
Math hasn’t changed – and neither have our kids
, Nhung Tran-Davies, Tara Houle and Teresa Murray.
Alberta’s discovery curriculum fails the kids by Nhung Tran-Davies, Globe and Mail, June, 2014.
On Alberta’s math curriculum, Anna Stokke, Edmonton Commons, Edmonton Journal, March 2014.
Reform math: the symptoms and prognosis, Robert Craigen and Barry Garelick, February, 2014.
Put down that pizza slice math teachers, Anna Stokke, Globe and Mail, October, 2013.
Get the “fuzzy” out of Manitoba math, Robert Craigen, Globe and Mail, December, 2013.
Why does fuzzy math persist? It’s a bonanza for consultants, publishers, by Robert Craigen, Globe and Mail, December, 2013.

Raise the lowered bar for math, Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, May 15, 2012.
MTS boss should put up or…, Robert Craigen, May, 2012.
Why Our Kids Fall Behind in Math, Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, September 16, 2011

The links below include some of the media coverage this issue has generated since 2011:

Anna Stokke Interview, As it Happens, September 12, 2011.
Prof says teachers need better math, Macleans.ca, September 16, 2011.
Too many teachers can’t do math, let alone teach it, by Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, September 29, 2011.
Why Alex can’t add (or subtract, multiply or divide), Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, December 14, 2011.
Have you finished your homework, Mom?, Maclean’s magazine, March 19, 2012 edition.
Why is it your job to teach your kid math?, Anna Stokke on The Charles Adler Show, March 14, 2012.
WISE Math, Robert Craigen on The Charles Adler Show, March 15, 2012.
Former math teacher Dan Meyer, Charles Adler Show, March 15, 2012.
Baby Blues comic strip, March 16, 2012.
Letters to the Editor (in response to the article “Why is it your job to teach your kid math?), Maclean’s Magazine, April 2, 2012 edition.
Is there something wrong with the way math is taught in Canadian schools?, Anna Stokke on CBC Cross Country Checkup with Rex Murphy, April 15, 2012.
Konstantin Kaekes: Why your kids can’t add without a calculator, National Post, July 2, 2012.
EQAO results show dip in Grade 6 math skills, The Globe and Mail, September 12, 2012.
Problems with new math, CBC The National, December 2, 2012.

Alberta

New math creating unwanted generation gap Medicine Hat News .com, Dec. 16, 2011.
Why Your kids can’t do math
  (R. Craigen)  Rob Breakenridge show (Calgary) Dec. 20 2011.

Staples: Are we moving toward a two-tier education system, Edmonton Journal, May 23, 2012.
Parents peeved as schools subtract times tables, CBC News, July 24, 2012.

British Columbia

Parent Project/Math, (Tara Houle, Brad Epp, Anna Stokke), CBC On the Coast, April 10, 2012.
Math textbook contains errors, SFU lecturer says, Vancouver Sun, April 12, 2012.
Battling B.C.’s math education crisis, Vancouver Sun, Nov. 1st 2012.

Manitoba

How’s your math? CBC Radio 1, (Anna Stokke) September 9, 2011.
Teachers’ math skills ‘alarmingly weak’
, by Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, September 10, 2011.
Anna Stokke Interview, As it Happens, September 12, 2011.
Why our kids fall behind in math, by Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, September 16, 2011.
Math skills require practice, practice, practice, (letter to the editor) by Terry Visentin, Winnipeg Free Press, September 24, 2011.
Greed is good (in math), (letter to the editor), John Barsby, Winnipeg Free Press, September 27, 2011.
Elementary teachers-to-be need to learn the right math, by Jerry Ameis, Winnipeg Free Press, October 1, 2011.
Adding cost, subtracting benefits, by Vaclav Linek, Winnipeg Free Press, October 17, 2011.
Shaken to the core… subjects, by Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, November 29th, 2011.
Manitoba Students Fail At Reading, Writing and Arithmetic Part Two, (Anna Stokke) on Information Radio CBC, November 29th, 2011.
Poor marks for Manitoba education, CBC News, November 29th, 2011.
Plaidoyer pour une meilleure formation en mathématiques des enseignants manitobains, CBC-Radio Canada, November 29, 2011.
JUMP Math – One Way to Better Math, CBC Information Radio, November 30th, 2011.
Math curriculum doesn’t add up, Joseph Quesnel, Winnipeg Sun, December 2nd, 2011.
Manitoba’s Math Curriculum, CBC Information Radio, December 2, 2011.
Numbers Game, Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, December 3, 2011.
Failing Parents, Kids, (letter to the editor) by Ross Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, December 8, 2011.  (Scroll down about 1/3 of the page)
CJOB, Richard Cloutier Reports, December 13 (Robert Craigen, Anna Stokke,
Darren Kuropatwa (Curriculum Coordinator), Paul Olson (MTS President)).
Long division a divisive issue, (pg. 4) Pat St. Germain, The Manitoba Teacher, January/February 2012, Volume 90 Number 4.
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Ensure proper training, (letter to the editor) Marilyn Walker, Winnipeg Free Press, January 25.
Math professors unite to change the system, The Uniter, Pg. 8.
False distinction, (letters to the editor), Paul D. Earl, Asper School of Business & Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, February 13, 2012.
Arithmetic must be automatic, (pg. 2) (letter to the editor), Robert Thomas, The Manitoba Teacher, March 2012, Volume 90 Number 5.
Manitoba Liberal Leader, Dr. Jon Gerrard’s blog, April 13, 2012.
Math grades don’t add up: trustee, Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, April 17, 2012.
Put the theory to a test, Editorial, Winnipeg Free Press, April 20th, 2012.
Math program under review, Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, May 8, 2012.
Some schools opted out of national math test, Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, May 10, 2012.
National math test on level: minister, Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, May 11, 2012.
Counting on Wasyliw (letter to the editor), Anna Stokke, May 11, 2012.
INTERACTIVE CHARTS: Manitoba Education – A Decade of Decline, CBC Manitoba, May 11, 2012.
Math test criticism misplaced, Editorial, Winnipeg Free Press, May 12, 2012.
MTS boss should put up or….., Robert Craigen, Winnipeg Free Press, May 12, 2012.
Raise the lowered bar for math, Anna Stokke, Winnipeg Free Press, May 15, 2012.
Manitoba slows implementation of new math curriculum, Staff Writer, Winnipeg Free Press, May 16, 2012.
Allan expels math exam, Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, May 17, 2012.
Teaching math, Anna Stokke, Robert Craigen and Paul Olson on CJOB. May 17, 2012.
Anna Stokke on CJOB, September 3, 2012 (starts at 9:41).
Anna Stokke on CJOB, November 26, 2012.
‘Mathletes’ invited to number games, February 7th, 2013.
Wanting to help with homework, parents learning the ‘new’ 1-2-3s of math, Febrary 24, 2013.
Lessons from Archimedes, Sou’wester, March 27, 2013.
Basic arithmetic back in class, Winnipeg Free Press, June 19, 2013.

Nova Scotia

Retired teachers:  N.S. students should do the math by Marilla Stephenson, The Chronicle Herald, February 15, 2012.
How to make math education worse in N.S., Michael Zwaagstra, The Chronicle Herald, October 3, 2012.
Grade 10 math to become full-year course in N.S., October 30th, 2012.

Newfoundland

Sherry Mantyka – Here and Now, September 4th, 2012.
Why N.L.’s math curriculum is failing students
, September 6th, 2012.

New Brunswick

Why N.L.’s math curriculum is failing students , CBC News, September 6, 2012.

Ontario

Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade, September 10th, 2012.

Saskatchewan

New math equals trouble, CBC, September 21, 2011.
New Math, (Robert Craigen) (begins at 2:53) CBC News, September 22, 2011.
The Saskatchewan Math Debate, (Robert Craigen) CBC Radio 1, September 23, 2011.
Math Fight (begins at 5:50) (Anna Stokke) CBC News, November 29th, 2011.
Making math make sense (Anna Stokke) CBC Radio 1, November 29th, 2011.
Do we need to rethink the way math is taught in schools?, Fernando Szechtman on John Gormley Live, December 1, 2011.
Despite opposition, proponents say new math adds up, The StarPhoenix, December 2, 2011.
Why your child may be struggling with math, John Gormley Live, December 5th, 2011.
Does math make sense? John Gormley Live, December 6th, 2011.
Saskatchewan orders math education review, CBC News, December 19.
Le telejournal Saskatchewan (Robert Craigen), (begins at 4:50 in 1/5), December 19.
Math Problems (Robert Craigen), (begins at 2:30), December 19, 2011.
Government to hold math consultations, The Star Pheonix, December 20th, 2011.
The numbers don’t add up, The Carillon, University of Regina Newspaper, January 26, 2012.
Saskatchewan math education review wants parents’ input, CBC News, February 27, 2012.
New math curriculum won’t change, ministry says, CBC, May 11, 2012.