## Solving the math malaise

[22 Mar 2006]

This article from the LA Times *A diploma’s simple math* [link no longer available] makes a very good point:

Students are too often promoted even when they didn’t understand the reading or math lessons from the year before. Not only do they fall further and further behind, until they hit a wall called algebra, but they and their parents come to believe that failure doesn’t really matter.

The rest of the article is not so helpful, I feel. Dragging the parents to meet school officials every time that Johnny fails his mathematics test may not be so productive.

School failure bundles together a motley collection of problems: lack of qualified math teachers, student apathy and truancy, even illegal immigration.

Is institutional education approaching a crisis point?