Investigations Math Poll Results - Conclusion and Action Steps
If you've read through each page to take the time to get a better understanding
of this program, you're my hero. If you've skipped to the end to see the conclusion,
you're probably an Investigations Math graduate. Just kidding. Don't
flame me. Regardless, thanks for visiting the site and checking out the survey.
I want to again reiterate that this was not a scientific study. I merely
asked people I know to take the survey and pass it on to others. I still wound
up with a divergence of opinions that I do believe are valid representations
of our demographics in the community, but I lack the true scientific process
in doing it.
Summary of key findings:
- People rated Investigations Math a 3.4 out of 10
- By a 2 to 1 ratio, parents say they are spending more time working with
their children on math in this program. Why?...read on...
- 80% of poll takers give Investigations Math a 21% chance of preparing their
children for their future
- 82% of poll takers believe the schools should use more traditional math
- 96% of ALL poll takers believe the school district
is NOT doing the math program right
- 10% of poll takers believe their child is progressing at their own pace
(a stated purpose of the program)
- Not a single poll taker of the 52 thought the Investigations Math program
was too fast, but over 80% said it was too slow, including 45% of those that
rated investigations highly
- Of parents that said Investigations Math was preparing their children
for the future, 50% believe the schools should teach more traditional math
and 70% said their child was not progressing fast enough
- The school board has not responded since I contacted them June 16th about
the allegation of having received kickbacks for switching to Investigations
Math thus tainting anything positive they say about the program. (see Q10
Findings from other studies include a Harvard
professor who stated, "By
the end of fifth grade, TERC (Investigations Math) students have
fallen roughly two years behind where they should be." Ouch!
These points are a pretty strong statement about the
condition of Investigations Math in this district. What's really amazing about
and those that have implemented it, are stories I have learned about outside
the survey about teachers and principals that were blackballed or forced out
because they believed this was the wrong way to teach. Some teachers that purchased
books to teach their students from have actually
had their books confiscated and been forced to teach the Investigations Math
method which DOES NOT INVOLVE TEXTBOOKS! It is a sad day when our
school board stoops to such tactics. It's like a book confiscation
where the real knowledge
is taken from our children and they are told to figure out math on their own
and see how far they can get.
There is a place for deeply thinking about math.
But I am not in favor of this program using what should be a tool of the educator
(having students ponder mathematical relationships)
and being used as the ONLY tool for our children's education. What the district
has attempted to implement is leading to confusion between
teachers, students, and parents.
Furthermore some teachers
even accepted the program and
it in the classroom. I have even heard of one such teacher getting a standing
ovation at Mountain Ridge Jr. High when he told parents that fact. The school
board and district don't appear to be giving teachers much direction either
as some teachers will tell the children and parents one thing and then we get
conflicting information from other teachers. One teacher I have heard of was
chewed out so badly for teaching times tables that she broke down and cried.
With all those factors put together, we're winding up with a recipe for disaster.
In thinking about why some of the teachers are resisting implementing this
program, has it ever occurred to the school board that maybe some of the people
that have spent a lifetime teaching math, actually think this program isn't
going to do the job?
Personally, I believe Saxon math to be one of the best programs to do
this based on
my limited research and
the comments from over a dozen people that have
their children in the Saxon program. Investigations math seems more to
me like a watered down curriculum that only has the effect of dumbing down
kids over time. (see my page
on the tax exempt foundations and book
reviews on the Deliberate Dumbing Down of Education at Amazon for detailed
information from a former Education Secretary on what's happening in education
in this country behind the scenes.)
I hope this survey has been enlightening. I know some will discard the information
posted here, others will say they're going to take action and express platitudes
like "nice survey Oak, we'll be sure to address those things in future
Some may react overly emotionally as they feel threatened by this information
and well they should be since they are accountable for the lack of education
our children are receiving.
do a couple things.
sign the petition to get rid of Investigations math in Alpine school district.
the school board and give them your thoughts. The more responses they
get from parents in the community the better they can act.
The great thing about a school board is they are elected officials, so
if they aren't implementing what you want them to do, you can vote them
out of office. Please contact them here:
(actually it appears their webform is not currently working. Please call
their admin office and tell them you'd like to register a request to change
the math program to a more rigorous curriculum than Investigations math).
pass this website on to others and get them to sign the survey
and help me build an army of parents concerned about their children's
I've done a lot of work here to make possible a shot at changing the math
program in the district. I'm very grateful for those that have helped
and are helping spread the word. Please don't let this opportunity pass
now. We need your help.
Please feel free to take this short survey as well to
let me know any other thoughts you have. I would especially appreciate hearing
real life stories about how Investigations math has effected your family.
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