– Judge flunks Seattle’s high school math program
More coverage, this time a video, from KOMO TV in Seattle on the lawsuit against Discovery Math.
If your Kentucky student is using any of the textbooks shown in this video, we’d like to hear about it.
Over at the Kentucky School Boards Association’s “Kentucky School Advocate” web place Brad Hughes asks a good question on page 27 of this somewhat clunky to read web document.
Asks Hughes, “When customers squawk, do schools listen?”
Hughes goes on to write that while Kentucky may never open a single charter school, the debate is an opportunity for local public school leaders to pose, ponder and act on a simple question about customer service. Basically, are schools listening, or not?
The fact that anyone involved with Kentucky education is beginning to talk about parents as customers – not just annoying folks who must be endured, but can usually be ignored – is a real move forward.
In what may be a ground-breaking precedent, a court in Seattle has just thrown out Seattle’s so-called “Discovery” math curriculum. The Seattle PI article says the math just didn’t “add up for a King County Superior Court judge, who rejected the style of instruction Thursday and ordered the district to try again.”
In the past, to my knowledge, courts have refused to intervene in issues involving curriculum, preferring to leave these sorts of matters to educators. Thus, the decision in Seattle may indeed be breaking new ground and could open the way for more lawsuits concerning some of the most questionable, least well supported curriculum adoptions in this country.
The Seattle PI article says, “Last May, the School board implemented a district-wide math curriculum called Discovering Math.”
The math program is based on the Discovery series textbooks, which started appearing in classrooms across the country in 2007. It comes from Key Curriculum Press.
I suspect this series is being used in school systems in Kentucky, as well. If so, those programs need to be reconsidered.
If readers know of school systems using this program in Kentucky, please let us know with a comment to this blog.