Wednesday, August 28, 2013

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Trends and implications the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is bringing to bear on our content area are embracing accountability. According to their News Bulletin, the majority of people feel that teachers should be held accountable for student achievement. NCTM feels that teachers are not the only ones who should be held accountable. The attitudes of the students and their families, and the current educational system we have in place also have a major impact on student achievement. NCTM also feels that many students are placed in the wrong math course in order for them to attain graduation status and state requirements. We do not think it is realistic or fair to these low-level students when we force them to take “college prep” math courses and withhold from them the real every day, practical mathematics that they will eventually need. Students learn better when they are presented with new mathematical knowledge that they think is relevant.