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.