• Petitioning Honourable Liz Sandals

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Minister of Education
Honourable Liz Sandals

Parents would like to see changes to math education in Ontario. We would like a more structured system and a solid foundation in arithmetic and problem-solving.

    1. Teresa Murray
    2. Petition by

      Teresa Murray

      Hamilton Ontario, Canada

Our children lack a solid foundation in arithmetic which seriously hinders their ability to be successful in math in the higher grades. When they lack this foundation they are unable to be the competent problem-solvers that constructivism has promised. Constructivism is not working for too many of our children and we are forced to look to tutors and learning centres for this foundation. This is very expensive and creates a two-tier system of education in the province as many people are unable to pay for a tutor.

Parents are responsible for helping their children review material, but we are frequently put in the role of math teacher as teachers are unable to complete the math curriculum in school.The texts used in Ontario are very confusing for parents and children and should be much more straight-forward. Children generally need more structure and practice than is provided by these texts. Parents should be in the role of assistants not teachers.

Colleges and universities are providing extensive remediation for students and even students with high marks lack the basics and flounder as they progress through the system. They are using calculators at too early an age and seem to slide through the system without really knowing much at all. Math has traditionally been a filter in the later grades, but now children are being filtered out of technical and scientific courses at an early age, the age at which they should be becoming capable and confident.As future careers in science and math are taken from our children at a very early age, EQAO  and PISA scores are showing steady decline.In fact these scores  are actually being kept artificially high because of outside tutoring and parent payments. Parents are not responsible for paying to support EQAO scores. The financial burden for parents is tremendous.

Constructivism is failing too many of our children, frustrating far too many parents and has not worked in jurisdictions where it has previously been tried. The system needs serious rethinking. It is our children who are suffering; we are the ones who see that on a daily basis. We are the ones paying out of our own pockets. Our children are not pieces of data to be manipulated, but are real people who are struggling and should be doing much better in a province as wealthy as Ontario.

We would like our children to have a solid foundation in arithmetic. This should be thorough and complete and does not preclude problem-solving at all. Structured math and good knowledge of arithmetic does not mean that children cannot be taught to understand nor think. A solid foundation should not be dismissed as rote learning or old-fashioned. It is essential to life in the 21st.century and can lead to thorough understanding, good problem-solving, future opportunity and feelings of competence.

 

                                     Teresa Murray

 

 

 

To:
Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education
Parents would like to see changes to math education in Ontario. We would like a more structured system and a solid foundation in arithmetic and problem-solving.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. DO YOU WORK IN EDUCATION, BUSINESS OR MATH?

      Teresa Murray
      Petition Organizer

      Sincere thanks to all those who offered assistance over the past week. It is very much appreciated.
      If there are any of you who work in the fields of education, business or math who would like to offer time and expertise, I would welcome hearing from you. Those of you who are retired or have some flexibility during daytime hours, might find this an appealing cause to work on.
      Thanks to all of you who have recently signed the petition and I ask each of you once again to encourage others to sign this petition. Constructivist math education has lasted for at least ten years in Ontario and thousands of children have struggled and been handicapped by this type of education. It is concerned parents and citizens who must make the necessary changes.

      Teresa Murray stingers101@live.ca

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL PETITIONERS

      Teresa Murray
      Petition Organizer

      The issue of math education has continued to be in the news over the past few weeks and it is crucial to keep the spotlight on the topic..
      At this point, I am calling on all of you to assist me. I need the help of a professional mathematician, who would be willing and able to work on a committee, so that we can continue further work on the pressing problem of K-6 math education in this province. If you are a (retired) math professor or if you know a (retired) math professor, who would be interested in this issue,
      please email me as soon as possible. My email is stingers101@live.ca.

      Thousands of Ontario children are still struggling through school without a firm grasp of the fundamentals; many of them blame themselves, dislike math and face compromised futures as a result of this ongoing crisis. Encourage your contacts to sign the petition.

      I thank each and every one of you for your signature, interest and suggestions. If you know a mathematician, who has the time and inclination to volunteer his/her time, please let me know as soon as possible.

      Thanks, Teresa Murray.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. HELP ONTARIO CHILDREN AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SIGN PETITION

      Teresa Murray
      Petition Organizer

      I ask each of you to encourage family, friends and neighbours to sign the Ontario Math Petition.

      There is an excellent article by Dr.A. Stokke in today's Globe and Mail.

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/too-much-math-education-is-based-on-pet-theories/article20369587/#dashboard/follows/

      Too much math education is based on pet theories

      As students go back to school this fall, parents in some provinces will notice changes in math classrooms. In response to a petition signed by over 17,000 parents, the Alberta government included times table memorization in its curriculum this September.

    6. Math Petition News

      Teresa Murray
      Petition Organizer

      The EQAO results came out today and are still weak or in decline. There will be much publicity about this issue during the next few weeks and I ask each of you to find one person to sign this petition. Email or forward the petition to all contacts. Write letters. Talk to as many people as possible. Chat in the playground when school starts and let others know about this petition. My sense is that the vast majority of parents are unhappy with elementary math education in this province and are weary of spending their own money on math basics.
      I ask any of you who have ideas to contact me at stingers101@live.ca and if any one would like to help, let me know.

      Please do what you can to help our children, thank you for your time and support and forgive me if you already received this message. There were inevitable technical difficulties. Teresa MurraY.

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. Math Practice Sheets can be Obtained

      Teresa Murray
      Petition Organizer

      Parents and grandparents can obtain good math practice worksheets at the Society for Quality Education. Use the following link: http://www.teachyourchildmath.ca/

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. Reached 400. Lots of publicity today.

      Teresa Murray
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all who have signed this petition. Please forward it to family, friends and neighbours. There are many other families who are struggling with this issue and don't know where to turn.

    11. Reached 250 signatures

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    • kathryn olmstead BURLINGTON, CANADA
      • 1 day ago

      I have teenagers missing the fundamentals, I represent families and students, math literacy is a basic kill required throughout life and for the future.

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    • Tammy Wells ST.CATHARINES, CANADA
      • 2 days ago

      Because I love my children.

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    • Hannah Ho TORONTO, CANADA
      • 2 days ago

      My son is struggling with math and is two years behind. The new system in school and his "Special Program" to help him with his math level is basically an equation on a screen. That isn't teaching my son how to do the basic or understand the math question when he doesn't understand the fundamentals of it. Doesn't help me when homework is assigned in a special program and I can't teach him the proper way. Parents don't know how schools are teaching. Its different from how we were taught and how they are taught now.

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    • Rachelle Rogall KINGSTON, CANADA
      • 5 days ago

      After being in the educational system at the high school level and observing the number of students with very low math skills we need to get back to the basics.

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    • Gabriel Flores OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 6 days ago

      I am a teacher candidate in Ontario and I also taught in Korea for three years. I can now "see" the difference/gap between Ontario and Korean students in math as utterly appalling. We need to go back to basics. If students cannot perform basic functions like adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division then our students performance will continue to decline.

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