It is a sad fact that the only response that is ever forthcoming from ministers of education to criticisms like that of letter writer Trevor Sooley about the so-called “new math” is: “Give the new curriculum a chance.”
Unfortunately, by the time the new curriculum has “had a chance,” the minister is long gone and the student is left holding the bag.
For parents who want to know what a solid primary and elementary curriculum in math looks like, go to the Common Core State Standards website (Google CCSS).
One thing I can tell you with certainty is that any student who has completed the kindergarten to Grade 7 portion of that curriculum in math would have absolutely nothing to fear from Memorial’s Math Skills Inventory (MSI).
Comparing that curriculum to what our students are being served would let parents know just how badly their children are being treated.
It’s just another aspect of the department that brings you no-fail.
Prof. Herbert S. Gaskill, retired