Weekly Math Updates
December 12 , 2007
Investigations in ASD
As most of you are aware, last Spring the district offered to let schools choose what math program they wanted to use as a replacement for Investigations math. We succeeded in getting Saxon on the list but in so doing schools became allowed to choose Investigations version 2 as well. There were 4-5 schools in ASD that chose Investigations.
In October 2007, Utah state superintendent Patti Harrington reiterated that no school is allowed to use Investigations as a primary curriculum. I spoke with Patti and told her that ASD was in fact using it as a primary curriculum and that someone needed to send a message that they could not use the program as a primary curriculum. Patti had one of her assistant's contact ASD.
I then emailed an ASD board member and asked what the plan was to transition those schools and classrooms off of Investigations now that the district clearly knew they were not allowed to use it. I was told that the state office was aware of ASD's methods of instruction and there were no objections.
This was my letter back to the board member and I'm posting it for the concept in the 2nd paragraph. It is critical that everyone understands that we're not just fighting for math, we're fighting for our future freedom.
Once again we are at the mercy of the school board and district people unaccountable to the public. Think now about running for school board next year.
New Charter School - ONLINE and they send you materials for FREE
I received an email today regarding this new online school and after looking at their website it looks pretty neat. It wouldn't be hard to use Singapore or Saxon math at home with the topics to supplement or replace their math. I called and it's not Saxon but they do try to follow the Core Knowledge sequence. Clicking on the links on the site mentioned below will eventually land you at k12.com, the parent site. They have actually replicated this system around the country. Here's the email I received.
One of the nice things about this school is that it lets your child move at his/her own pace and all the materials for class are free, including things like art supplies. They send everything to you to use at home just as if you were in a public school (which this technically is). Evidently, students are tested at local schools periodically for progress. Give it a look and check out some of the online lessons.
If you want to click into the "OLS Login" at the top and see what it's like, here's the login information.
User: enroll (use all lower case)
Attendance is kept and students can become truent if they don't log in and do their work. Real teachers are behind the "screen" and can be contacted and if you need to miss class for a period of time you just let them know and make arrangements.
All in all, this looks like a pretty neat concept with potentially, a good curriculum. This could be an ideal program to keep your kids at home for any special needs but keep them on track with their education.
Recalculating the way math is taught in Washington ("Where's the Math" group in the news)
Math program debated (new group of parents in Virginia I've been communicating with as they're just getting started and they're off to a great start)
3 new schools in Alpine School District
This last article is particularly interesting because it clearly shows Steven Sandstrom making significant money from Alpine School District as their architect. This should prevent Steven from participating in future votes on Orem's school board for anything related to ASD.
Alpine chooses board member
Last night Terry Peterson was selected as the new ASD board member to replace Andrea Forsyth. I don't know anything about Terry yet. He was one of the people running that I didn't know anything about. There were a couple of people from this list, a couple of pure constructivists from BYU, and then a couple I didn't know anything about so we'll have to see what happens with this one.
Till next time,
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