If kids aren’t learning much math in the early grades despite considerable time and effort devoted to it…

… then why waste time and effort on it?

‘ “For some years I had noted that the effect of the early introduction of arithmetic had been to dull and almost chloroform the child’s reasoning facilities.” All that drill, he claimed, had divorced the whole realm of numbers and arithmetic, in the children’s minds, from common sense, with the result that they could do the calculations as taught to them, but didn’t understand what they were doing and couldn’t apply the calculations to real life problems. He believed that if arithmetic were not taught until later on–preferably not until seventh grade–the kids would learn it with far less effort and greater understanding.’ – Excerpt from When Less is More: The Case for Teaching Less Math in Schools, by Peter Gray

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