Our business would have a lot more credibility if we spent less time giving each other awards and concentrated on handing out boobie prizes for uncritical, gormless stuff like the St. Albert Gazette's breathlessly excited coverage of a new local math curriculum for primary schools that "covers far fewer concepts." As I get older I grow more cowardly about making enemies in a rapidly contracting business, plus I'm taking the piss from a somewhat higher summit than I used to; but seriously, how do some people sleep at night? At least there are some useful hints scattered around in the article:
This week, math teachers from the Catholic division spent a day getting a refresher on techniques that encourage a deeper understanding of math concepts. These techniques often involve the use of objects like blocks and tiles, which allow students to do concrete exploration and better understand numbers and their relationships.
I suppose that when a reporter states as flat fact something that is obviously silly on first principles (if you are not working with abstractions, by definition you are not teaching math), that is known to be a product of superstition rather than demonstration, and that has empirical evidence against it, one can barely complain that he or she has done any harm. But then I'm not sending any kids to St. Albert public schools.