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I rarely post new content on here though I do on occasion post a new headline. Most of my posts appear on one of a couple other blogs. (fight for local control of education) (education and fun stuff) (political stuff and some education as it ties in) (religious stuff)

Eventually I'd like to transition this site to a blog tool, but it would be a rough transition so I don't expect to do it any time soon.

Election Results 2010 - 2 of our 4 endorsed candidates won election to the Alpine School District board.

Update 10/23/10: for those of you looking for the most relevant information on the Alpine School District Board elections I recommend you visit for candidates that will act as the public watchdogs we need, instead of acting as apologists for district policies.

Do you think it's acceptable when a principal says this?

"We send it [the multiplication tables] home to placate the parents. They get the times tables, and we teach what we want, and they don't know any better." You can read the full story here on Tim Osborn's blog.

To read my 33 page document on the recent history of Alpine School District and problems within the administration, click here.

To read my op-ed in the Deseret News on the subject of John Goodlad click here.

If you have read the 4/11/10 Daily Herald article stating parents are accusing BYU and Alpine district of a socialist conspiracy, the article was quite sensationalized from the actual article I submitted to the paper. To read the original letter, click here and you'll quickly see it's not as much about BYU and ASD as an individual named John Goodlad, a humanist with a very definite agenda. (LINK)

Here is a link to my rebuttal (LINK)

Investigations math fan? You've come to the right place to get straightened out. There is no better poster child to get rid of this program than Alpine School District in Utah where many children graduate not knowing their times tables or long division, and they have little comprehension of advanced principles.

Anyone looking for a fun Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt activity, check out my product Riddle Me. 5,000 riddles and 400 objects with an easy to use interface. Tons of replay value.

Recently released, Mathino, a cool math game for kids. Check it out and watch how you can turn a simple concept into a very cool learning game as children use their minds to devise 4 step math problems FOR FUN!

5/27/09 Connected Math letter to Alpine School District

5/12/09 Investigations Math letter to State College, PA, School Board President

Dr. Richard Bisk's presentation to Utah legislators and educators (shows tremendous improvements using Singapore math)

Glenn Beck's We Surround Them

Taxation and Monetary Policy at a glance

Math Initiative Bill SB 159 passes out of committee on a 5-0 vote (text of bill)
Passes the Senate (20-1)
In House Rules Committee

A condensed timeline of events in
Alpine School District

1) Around 2000, ASD implements Investigations, Connected, and Interactive math
2) ASD confiscates textbooks at 4 elementary schools to force them onto Investigations
3) Parents are told not to teach children the times tables at home or they will mess them up
4) Numerous parents complain about lack of math content
5) In 2005, I attended an ASD public meeting that caused me to run a survey learning most parents hate this math
6) I presented the results to the school board-REJECTED
7) Started research
8) Couldn't find any support for programs - many negative things
9) Presented evidence to legislature asking for world-class standards
10) Utah got barely better standards-process was flawed
11) Orem city makes moves to allow citizens to vote on breaking away from ASD
12) 2006 - ASD tells citizens at a public meeting they will replace Investigations with a choice at each school of traditional vs. standards based math
13) Committee to choose curriculum is stacked and kills Saxon math (traditional option) (1st GRAMA filed shows this)
14) ASD swarms to a program by the same publisher as Investigations that has a written correlation to Inv.
15) 2007 - State Superintendent removes Inv from approved program list - later removes Connected Math
16) 2008 - BYU's constructivist calculus class bombs huge
17) ASD's claim that all the studies support their math choices bubble is popped when GRAMA 2 forces them to reveal they have no studies
18) ASD continues to push Investigations in professional development
19) 2009 - ASD openly tells teachers to use Investigations in the classroom


Alpine School District gets brazen--tells teachers to use Investigations math in the classroom--parents lied to again.

New Site: - Watch the short video and get the real scoop on education spending in Utah

Politics: On Freedom and Agency (with an LDS Perspective)

ASD personnel continue to push Investigations "math" despite telling public they replaced it

10/13/08 Alpine School District has NO studies that support their math selections - GRAMA Results

Our Country in Crisis (economic)

Click here to see a brilliant example of Singapore's bar model technique

Study concludes there are NO studies that support constructivism

Connected Math Downgraded by Utah - no longer acceptable as a primary text


Utah Singapore Math Meeting with Dr. Yeap Ban Har

American Curriculum Set vs. Singapore Math Set
Singapore Math Text Book Comparison

Articles in the press about Singapore Math,5143,700234367,00.html

March 2008-Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel

11/28/07 - Math is more important than reading for future achievement. Constructivism intentionally destroying English language skills

11/16/07 - Utah state math initiative fails after teaching teachers pedagogy instead of content

11/14/07 - Score one for Utah, Education sub-committee passes math task force bill. Now goes to full legislature.


C.S. Lewis's excellent "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" document (a satire on American socialist education)

October 2007 Education Subcommittee Meeting (State Superintendent reiterates ban on Investigations as primary curriculum)

The state of the State of Utah's math

Alpine District deceived the public as you can read about here:

ASD's Saxon Math Deception
Part 2 of the Deception

Milgram replies to the State School Board

The State School Board replies to the Legislature on Milgram's Letter

Letters to Utah State School Board on New Weak Standards

What Can You Do About Fuzzy Math in Your Area - 13 Ideas


***Awesome Investigations Math Video Exposes Fallacies of Program
***Second Video Helps Expose Additional Problems

Sign the Math Petition to Remove Investigations Math and Get Higher Standards in Utah (all Utah residents can sign)

Investigations Math in Alpine School District

Weapons of Math Destruction Comics
Click for more math comics

Poor Utah math standards allow these math programs to be used by Alpine School District as well as other districts:

Dr. Wilfred Schmid at Harvard said of the TERC program (Investigations Math K-5):

"A TERC teacher doesn't explain, and a TERC teacher doesn't teach! I don't want to be misunderstood: group learning and discovery learning are parts of the tool chest of every accomplished teacher, but it is folly to turn these techniques into an ideology. If we mathematicians had to re-discover mathematics on our own, we would not get very far! And indeed, TERC does not get very far. By the end of fifth grade, TERC students have fallen roughly two years behind where they should be."

A Review of Connected Math (6-9th grade) by Lappan, Fey, Fitzgerald, Friel and Phillips

Overall Evaluation: F, "This rating is perhaps deceivingly high, as 7 of the 11 topics rate no higher than 1.2. The rating is as high as it is based largely on two high subscores, proportions and graphing. It is impossible to recommend a book with as little content as this and an inefficient, if philosophically attractive, instructional method."

Dr. David Klein of Cal State Northridge:

"In shutting the door to algebra, Connected Math also closes doors to careers in engineering and science for its graduates."

Wayne Bishop, Ph D, Cal State LA  (IMP is Interactive Math used 10-12th grade)

"Although such absolutes are hard to substantiate objectively, it is possible that this is the worst high school mathematics curriculum that has ever been written...districtwide approval of IMP would be nothing short of immoral. The opportunity of upward mobility through education lost for thousands of children."

Alpine School District has implemented these three programs districtwide.

If you are undecided about the quality of the math education in the Alpine School District (which I was in March 2005 and then started doing research on it), check out the information I have posted on my website. If you haven't seen the evidence before, go to the new intro page and read the documentation indicting this program.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION to raise Utah's math standards.

NCTM: "Whoever wrote the NCTM math standards must be a physical education teacher." (Click here to find out who said this)

Teachers: If you have only received information from the district concerning how great NCTM standards are and how there's no research to support "traditional" math or denigrate "discovery learning" methods, click here to see the largest independent education study ever performed. I know many of you disagree with the district's use of NCTM math and I encourage you to continue bucking the constructivist theory of teaching. It is a failure and has produced thousands of mathematical midgets in our system while labeling them "A" students.

The Quashed Flyer: If you have heard about the recent flyer being disallowed by the district to be passed out to teachers, click here to open a copy and hand deliver it to your children's teachers.

Engineer Writes to East Valley School District Board Members (this page reflects a lot of the best research I've found but puts it all in one place for easy access)

Parents: You can dual enroll your child

***Alpine Relents on Math*** (read the Norton Plan)

On May 22, 2006, Alpine School District officials announced that next year they would offer choice in math to each community school (click for pdf) . The choices will be decided next year, but they have stated one of the choices would probably be Investigations math. They have no current plans to change out Connected or Interactive math (equally bad for older children). For another idea, see the Norton Plan. For current news and a list of all updates, see the menu below. ***NEW TO FALL 2006---ASD is indoctrinating teachers to stand by NCTM remains to be seen if they will give them the other side of the story which my flyer helps with above.

Here's my "Math Menu" which is also at the bottom of each of the math pages.

Investigations Math Menu

** Most important pages to read (all have value but if you will only read a few pages make it these)
* Very important

Research and Information Press Coverage

THE PETITION TO REMOVE INVESTIGATIONS MATH** (OVER 5% of ASD represented--still ignored by ASD)


Math With Madeline Video

All Weekly Email Updates **

Edspresso Article on WMD Comics

Weapons of Math Destruction Comics**

What Can You Do About Fuzzy Math in Your Area - 13 Ideas**

Brain Programming

ASD's Saxon Math Deception
Part 2 of the Deception

4/21/07 ASD Superintendent Calls Parents Extremists (for wanting the times tables in schools)

Alpine School District Residents Should Choose Saxon Math

9/13/06 Dual Enrollment Guidelines - Opting Out of Math or Other Classes

9/2/06 Jaime Escalante and NCTM Standards**

9/2/06 Amber Lee's Independent Research

The Math Story (ie. How I Got Started)

7/31/06 Educators Ignore Project Follow-Through**

7/26/06 Comparison of Alpine to Nebo and Provo Districts and comments on Orem City Breaking Off **

3/30/06 Utah Public Radio Broadcast with David Wright and Damon Bahr* (Right-Click and use Save As to download)

Insane Supplementary Materials Compound Investigations Math Nightmare**

Map of ASD Precincts and Election information- You must register to run by 3/17

3/2/06 David Wright's Mathematician Petition to the State of Utah*

2/14/06 Why are Charter School Scores Better than Alpine School District's?*

2/14/06 Alpine School District IOWA Test Math Scores

10 Myths About Math Education and Why You Shouldn't Believe Them

2/1/06 The Case for Utah adopting California's Math Standards-Testimony to Utah Congress**

1/10/06 School Board Meeting challenge to find just one valid study by 1/31/06 ** (I'm still waiting)

Math Tutors in Utah (find one/list one)

11/9/05 Update - How ASD is failing more children each year**

ASD's statement to teachers authorizing them to teach traditional math without fear of repercussion

California Study showing tripling of scores for schools that left constructivist math and implemented Saxon Math**

10/31/05 Petition Maps (see where people are signing the petition-blue dots are schools, red are petitions)

How About Grades 6-12 Connected and Interactive Math?**

Raising Critical Thinking Skills*

Pro-Investigations websites (for anyone interested)

8/15/05 Update (compares Alpine to other districts and charter schools) *

7/29/05 Update (resources given to ASD, sample problems, ASD vs. Nebo School District) *

Investigations Math Origins and Articles*

Math Programs Compared ("Traditional", Investigations, Saxon)

Supplementing your Public School Student's Education**

The California Investigations Math Failure**

Community comments - both Pro/Anti Investigations **

Investigations Math Poll Introduction and Question Summary*


Additional articles are covered in weekly updates since April 2007

Victory in Utah - State to Revamp Standards (11/16/06)

Major Breaking News...NCTM does a 180 after 17 years of destroying math in America

It must really irritate the folks at Alpine School District (ASD) who have taken to calling all my work "biased and flawed" to have such no-name disreputable organizations pandering to my lies. The legacy of ASD will be the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of students unable to obtain a technical higher education degree.

4/25/07 Provo Daily Herald - Math petitioners called 'extremists' in Alpine District

4/24/07 Deseret News Article - So how many different programs are appropriate to use at one time Mr. Henshaw?

3/1/07 - Deseret News - Schools' grades mixed - Utah system rated by U.S. Chamber in a new report

2/14/07 Provo Daily Herald - Committee makes math program suggestions for Alpine: Many in district pine for 'Investigations'

2/14/07 Deseret News - Alpine seeking balance in math

2/12/07 Deseret News - Math Program Deleted - Alpine District dumps controversial approach

11/16/06 Deseret News - State leaders support math overhaul for schools

11/16/06 Salt Lake Tribune - Utah's 'fuzzy math' curriculum scrapped; legislators endorse plan to revamp state standards

11/15/06 New York Times - As Math Scores Lag, a New Push for the Basics

10/29/06 Provo Daily Herald - Survey: Math Program Doesn't Add Up

10/25/06 Deseret News - Students decline at 5 Utah colleges

10/19/06 Deseret News - Math learning is shallow in U.S., professor says

10/19/06 Deseret News - Math in Utah — 'fuzzy' or A-OK?

10/06 Salt Lake Tribune - Bad marks for Utah's schools

10/9/06 BYU NewsNet - Alpine School District Under Attack

9/30/06 Provo Daily Herald - Districts evaluate 'failures' in testing

9/29/06 Provo Daily Herald - Utah schools receive progress rankings

9/26/06 - Parents Know the Right Equation for Teaching Math - by Phyllis Schafly

9/12/06 Wall Street Journal - New Report Urges Return to Basics In Teaching Math

9/6/06 Provo Daily Herald - Parent suggests Alpine district be responsive

8/28/06 Provo Daily Herald - Alpine readies to let schools choose curriculum for math (be sure to check out the comments section)

8/26/06 Provo Daily Herald - Charter schools attract parents concerned about public education

7/29/06 Deseret News - Burned-out teachers problematic

7/26/06 Deseret News - Most favor creation of small school districts

5/28/06 Salt Lake Tribune - Alpine School District relents and will change its math offerings***

5/26/06 Deseret News - Alpine opts for choice in its math programs***

5/25/06 Provo Daily Herald - District Reviews Math Options***

5/23/06 - Provo Daily Herald -Orem OKs feasibility study of splitting from Alpine district

5/23/06-Deseret News - Orem not hastening into a schools split

5/23/06-Salt Lake Tribune Article-Orem to study Alpine District split

5/12/06 Provo Daily Herald - Math decision delayed

5/10/06 Provo Daily Herald - Petition Requests District Division

5/6/06 Deseret News - Utah to study states' math programs

4/16/06 Provo Daily Herald- Alpine District continues to lose students to charters

4/6/06 Provo Daily Herald- Charter school debate heats up in Alpine school district

3/20/06 Salt Lake Tribune - Alpine in grip of 'Math Wars'

3/3/06 Provo Daily Herald-Professor: Clearer math standards needed

3/2/06 Deseret News- Math Petition Circulating

2/19/06 San Jose Mercury News - Math back in forefront, but debate lingers on how to teach it.

2/18/06 Salt Lake Tribune-Battle over math teaching spreads

2/15/06 Salt Lake Tribune-Indifference to math skills part of the problem

2/15/06 Deseret News-Parents voice their views on Alpine math

2/15/06 Provo Daily Herald-Provo district seeks math balance

2/9/06 Deseret News - Alpine trio defend approach to math
Rebuttal Letter to Editor: Math approach is harmful

2/7/06 Deseret News - Alpine defends math classes

2/2/06 Deseret News - Lawmaker Gives Alpine Math an F

1/29/06 Salt Lake Tribune - Charter School Funding Tight

1/20/06 Deseret News Letter to Editor: Rote exercises pay vital role in mathematical education

1/7/06 Provo Daily Herald - Investigations: Not your parent's math

12/18/05 Provo Daily Herald -Math doesn't add up for all

12/13/05  15 Charter Schools Scheduled to Open Next Year

11/24/05 Provo Daily Herald - Parents mad over new math curriculum (be sure to read the comments)




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