Local meteorologist and UW atmospheric sciences professor Cliff Mass has posted multiple times at his blog about a Seattle Public Schools board decision regarding math textbooks. Last night the board made a final vote, resulting in what Dr. Mass feels was an extremely poor choice. He believes, as do other advisory bodies, that the textbook curriculum is so poor that Seattle schoolkids will receive an inadequate education in math, setting them up for failure in higher education studies. He wrote on the issue better than I can, so I am posting the links here.
I wish I had done this sooner, but it seems that most of the board ignored calls and emails from the public in any case. I sent an email to them all, and I’m sure others did as well.
While the decision has been made, I believe it’s important for the public to understand what has happened and judge the Board as they see fit. The next time someone comes up for election, vote with this in mind.
Math Education: Seattle School District is poised to make a big mistake (April 20; scroll down)
Seattle’s Big Math Decision (May 3)
Tragedy in Seattle (May 6)