When you search for education concerns in the United States and Canada, two things become clear:
The ‘new math’ doesn't work.
Students lack basic skills.
Math Skills Suffer in U.S., Study Finds
…The United States is failing to develop the math skills…
New York Times October 10, 2008. 12:33 am
United States Lagging in Skills
…study of basic skills [showed that] the United States is behind other countries in basic math skills…
New York Times October 7, 2013
In a Global Test of Math Skills, U.S. Students Behind
…U.S. students continue to lag behind students elsewhere in basic math skills…
Washington Post December 7, 2004
New math equals trouble, [Canadian] education expert says
…[students] need to spend more time practising math skills such as basic addition and subtraction along with the multiplication tables…
CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2011 2:49 am
Parents, educators rally against Alberta's 'new math'
…protesters argued the new, inquiry-based approach to math is leaving kids confused and unable to grasp basic math concepts…
CBC News April 12, 2014 5:46 pm
Ontario teachers need better math training, minister say:
… scores have been slipping across the country [and] students are not learning the basics such as multiplication tables…
The Globe and Mail August 28 2013, 11:31 am
Saskatchewan orders math education review:
…current math abandons teaching math basics in favour of new discovery-based techniques with abysmal results…
CBC News December 19, 2011 5:26 pm
Math learning should go 'back to the basics' says B.C. petition:
…launched the petition, which calls for the return of traditional learning like rote memorization of multiplication tables…
CBC News February 05, 2015 4:48 pm
Why Newfoundland’s math curriculum is failing students:
…students in the primary grades not getting the proper foundation of these basic skills…
CBC News September 06, 2012 6:57 am
[Manitoba] professors convince schools to go 'back to basics':
...there has to be a basic foundation [for] adding, subtracting, and memorizing math facts [and] at an early age…
National Post September 13, 2013 2:19 pm
How to make math education worse in Nova Scotia:
… students score significantly below the average in math and the government needs to emphasize [basic] knowledge and skills…
Herald News October 3, 2012 - 4:01am
P.E.I. slips in international student testing
…about a quarter achieved only level one, with some not even able to achieve basic concepts.
CBC News December 03, 2013 6:55 am
New Brunswick students lag in math scores
…one of the main concerns is, for us at the elementary levels, is starting to concentrate on giving kids a strong foundation…
CBC News November 29, 2011 10:31 am
v Most children struggle with basic facts like adding and times.
v Because of this, basic concepts are a struggle.
v Most children don’t like math and many hate it.
v Teachers, parents and students are overwhelmed
at the ‘new math’.