To the Editor:
Parents, understand that in 1962 that the United States was “first” in the world in education results, while today we are only about 23, even after increasing spending per pupil over 650 percent. To understand why we’ve failed miserably, you might be interested in the downward slope of proficiency due to our “progressive” teaching evolution pushed by the NEA.
Here are examples of how sixth grade math has been taught in public schools over the last several decades:
1. Teaching math in the 1960s. A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $170. His cost of production of 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
2. Teaching math in the 1970s. A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $170. His cost of production of 4/5 of the price of $136. What is his profit?
3. Teaching math in the 1980s. A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $170. His cost of production is $136. Did he make a profit?
4. Teaching math in the 1990s. A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $170. His cost of production is $136. His profit is $34. Choose and underline his profit…$20, $30, $34, $45.
5. Teaching math in year 2000. A logger cuts down a beautiful forest, he is selfish and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this for a profit of $36. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class discussion after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes?
6. Teaching in 2013 “Equality” no longer means “an equal opportunity for all,” today it means “equal outcomes for all.” And the math problem of 1950 looks more like, “Who cares, just take the lumber from your richer neighbor’s property. He won’t have a gun to stop you. It’s okay because the president believes in redistributing wealth.” You get the idea.
They fail to require academic proficiency, and fail to teach multiplication tables, American history or personal responsibility, but want a six percent budget increase?
Daniel A. Kormanik
178 Hanover Road, Newtown March 25, 2013