We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The worst class I took in education school was on “math teaching methods.” It was taught by my advisor at the time. (I say “at the time” because shortly afterward they changed advisors on me, and she no longer taught courses, but worked with Ph.D. candidates. From what little biographical information I have seen about her, she has not ever taught any classes, math or otherwise, in K-12.)
The math teaching methods class was remarkable for its embrace of every educational fad I detest...
My children learned with whatever faddish methods they teach now (honestly, I didn't understand these methods, even after a teacher tried to explain it to me...). One is horrible at math. The other is very good, but struggles in class because he has an innate sense of the logic, but doesn't like the methodology employed.
The way were taught was the right way. I know that's heresy today, but it's a fact as far as I'm concerned. I have kids in my office today who see two reports. One says the outcome was 45%. The next report says the outcome was 40%. They then report to me, "the difference between the outcomes is 5%". Um, no, the difference is 11.1%.
They were taught poorly. Thankfully nobody's lives are in the balance for this work.
My company offers (yes, we do) a math course for every new hiree to teach proper math methods.
It's very simple to evaluate teaching methods - especially for math which itself does not change.
Compare international test scores from the '40s or '50s before they started coming up with this drek with scores now. How do our kids compare to kids in other countries - especially those not "rich" enough to try these new methods. Which kids do better?