Proof that Common Core is Utah’s Road to Constructivism

We’ve previously published some of the nonsense that the USOE is pulling regarding teacher training and curriculum being produced and how heavily constructivist it is, but now here’s evidence they are actively conspiring to hide this from the public.

Internal emails that were received by GRAMA request show that Asst. Superintendent Brenda Hales had asked the people involved with the secondary math 1 book to rewrite the introduction, whitewashing it of typical constructivist terms like “inquiry.” Instead, “balanced” terminology appears verifying that this term is public code language for constructivism.

We’ve know this for years based on Alpine School District doing the same thing to lull parents to sleep over Investigations math, but now it’s internally verified. Bye, bye STEM programs. If you’re a university professor who is already crying over the poor skills freshmen enter your classes with, it’s heading downhill even faster. Read below the emails for the Mathematics Vision Project nonsense.

 

From the state website http://www.mathematicsvisionproject.org/ we find this gem of constructivist-based education.

Has your state, district or school chosen the Integrated or International pathway of courses?
The MVP classroom experience begins by confronting students with an engaging problem and then allows them to grapple with solving it.  As students’ ideas emerge, take form, and are shared, the teacher orchestrates the student discussions and explorations towards a focused mathematical goal.  As conjectures are made and explored, they evolve into mathematical concepts that the community of learners begins to embrace as effective strategies for analyzing and solving problems. These strategies eventually solidify into a body of practices that belong to the students because they were developed by the students as an outcome of their own creative and logical thinking.  This is how students learn mathematics.  They learn by doing mathematics.  They learn by needing mathematics.  They learn by verbalizing the way they see the mathematical ideas connect and by listening to how their peers perceived the problem.  Students then own the mathematics because it is a collective body of knowledge that they have developed over time through guided exploration. This process describes the Learning Cycle and it informs how teaching should be conducted within the classroom.

Constructivism is essentially socialist math and they’ve written their description perfectly illustrating this. How bad could this be? Remember this “engaging problem” in groupthink about the groundhog?

If BYU’s Math Education department can’t teach HONORS calculus students with this method, it is sheer madness to think schools across the state are going to improve math education with this program. This isn’t what put Massachusetts at the top of the country for math. Homeschooling is looking better and better.

Please email your State School Board member and ask them to stop this constructivist nightmare (http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Board-Members.aspx). Then email your legislators (http://le.utah.gov/) and ask them to step in. It’s clear that the USOE isn’t concerned with what really works in the classroom and pushing this statewide is going to kill Utah’s math future.

Then talk with your local school board member and ask them to reject all materials coming from the USOE. There is no evidence that constructivism produces results.

5 Responses to Proof that Common Core is Utah’s Road to Constructivism

  • Tiffany says:

    My child has ceased having the “MVP Classroom Experience”. We pulled our child out of math class and are working through Saxon at home. This has been the most maddening and frustrating experience we have had with public education. My husband who is brilliant at math was no longer effective at helping our child at home. He told me his experience was like living through the tower of babel, all the terms and processes have been confounded. Our society depends on a common language and common experience in math. When these kids advance to university, their professors won’t have a clue what they are talking about and they can’t be qualified to work in any field where a substantial knowledge of math is required.
    The math to this point has all been review, but figuring out what operations are required has been impossible. We feel that we have wasted a semester in math.
    The final straw for me is that I found out the teacher was inflating the grades in order to keep parents from complaining. My child has always excelled in math earning straight A’s throughout elementary and Jr. High. On the last test my child recieved a 56% which was the high score in class and was still receiving an A when we left public school math behind.
    I recommend that parents find out if their teacher is grading “on the curve”. It may be a sign that your child isn’t learning math at all.

    • Laura says:

      We pulled our son out of Math too. They didn’t even use the book so we kept it thinking we would use it. It is such a schizophrenic book with so many references that try to sale the online version that we don’t use it much. It jumps all over the place. Our experience was very similar to your. Math is a joke.

  • Susan Wilcox says:

    I am so grateful to find this organization. I sat in class for 6 years in Jordan/Canyon Districts from 2006-2012 and could take it no more. I felt like I was participating in creeping Communism. Fortunately, I was old enough to have lived and witnessed what that word meant, and seen it destroyed. I heard a radio program yesterday that said how those who got rid of communism are looking at the U.S. and saying, “What’s wrong with you guys? Your President helped us get these guys out and abolish communism, and now you are all embracing it!”

    I guess I’m not as crazy if the former communists see this coming in our country and I felt it so strongly. I feel like retiring from public school last year let me out of jail, and this organization has given me a new job. I am 100% with you all. Oak Norton is SO TERRIFIC. I have spread the info to several teachers. I do not and have not stepped foot back inside this school, and the thought of being back in that place sends chills down my spine. I was treated more like a stupid pion there than EVER in my life. Teachers must wake up and claim their place in protecting the children of Utah. If not YOU, who will? Get parents involved…give them this website, and let’s become a force against those district people who have set themselves above all of you instead of HELPING and who are threatening you with these ineffective programs and federal intervention. Read the past emails from UACC….open your eyes – WAKE UP!

    • Susie says:

      Thank you Susan! I’m sure a lot of teachers wish they could be in your shoes and tell the truth, but they are too worried about their jobs. Or maybe they have so much more work now implementing Common Core, that they don’t have the time to look into the issues as deeply as you have. Bless you for speaking up!

  • PEGGY COX says:

    I THINK A LOT OF UTAH PEOPLE, DON’T REALLY BELIEVE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THERE OWN STATE. THEY THINK BECAUSE IT IS POPULATED WITH MORE L.D.S. PEOPLE THAT CORRUPTION WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HERE. IT’S AMAZING HOW A LITTLE TOWN LIKE ST. GEORGE THAT HAS BECOME BIGGER SINCE WE MOVED HERE 8 YEARS AGO HAS CHANGED SO MUCH. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A LECTURER COME DOWN AND TEACH THE PEOPLE HERE THAT THEY ARE NOT IMMUNE TO “COMMOM CORE” IN THIS TOWN. IF I HAD CHILDREN IN SCHOOL I WOULD FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT BEFORE I MADE A DICISION TO NOT BELIEVE SOMETHING THAT IS RIGHT UNDER THEIR NOSES. PARENTS NEED TO BE EDUCATED AND WHO WOULD BE A GREAT PERSON TO DO THAT? I SEND EMAILS TO EVERYONE ON MY EMAIL LIST, AND THEY ARE MUCH MORE INTERESTED IN OTHER SUBJECTS THEN WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY THROUGH OUR CHILDREN ADN GRANDCHILDREN. SAD BUT TRUE.

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