Response to an article on math teacher bashing, published at the Hechinger report and carried ON YAHOO NEWS!! "We’d be better at math if the U.S. borrowed these four ideas for training teachers from Finland, Japan and China."
Mr. Tucker and author Mr. Felton need to look at the research. When we control for the effects of poverty, American students do quite well on international tests of math. Our overall scores are unspectacular because there is so much child poverty in the US. Countries and areas with high math scores have much lower rates of poverty. Poverty means food deprivation, poor health care, and lack of access to books. The best teaching in the world has little effect with students are ill or hungry.
I will be happy to post the research citations if Mr.Tucker and Mr. Felton think they can understand the math.
Posted at: http://hechingerreport.org/wed-be-better-at-math-if-the-u-s-borrowed-these-four-ideas-for-training-teachers-from-finland-japan-and-china/