The Education System Failed My Child In MathI chose to send my child to a charter school for elementary, and an optional school for High School and Junior High. She spent 4th and 5th grade at a Montessori school. The Montessori School was probably the biggest mistake I made in her education. We chose a smaller environment for her, and for the most part she thrived.
She is a bright, intelligent young lady, yet she has always struggled with math. Our school district uses Everyday Math, which teaches "concepts" rather than rote memorization. This might be fine as a supplement, but without the basic building blocks, and yes, that includes memorizing math facts and multiplication tables, the concepts are lost. The two years spent at Montessori served to confuse her even further. The teacher didn't "teach" math, she handed out worksheets. They used various methods of manipulating ob
Now, she's in college. I am thankful that she's taking a basic math class, along with a math lab. With luck, studying, and hard work, she will be able to revisit those concepts she didn't master in her earlier education.