Montgomery County's Curriculum 2.0 puts children who are at very different math achievement levels into the same classroom. All children learn the same math concepts at the same pace.
This one-size-fits-all programming fails all children, whether their achievement level is below-grade, on-grade or above-grade, for the simple reason that their teacher is expected to divide her time among each group. No child gets a full math period of instruction when the teacher divides the class into groups then teaches one group at a time while leaving the rest of the students to do self-guided worksheets or fill free-time.
Students at below-grade achievement levels need a full period of math instruction to improve as quickly as possible. Curriculum 2.0 does not provide it. A full period of math instruction enables children at on-grade achievement to master more material. Curriculum 2.0 slows them down. Students at above-grade achievement need above-grade instruction. Curriculum 2.0 provides only "enrichment" of on-grade concepts they have already mastered.
Our children deserve better. Tell the Board of Education that it must reform Curriculum 2.0 by signing the petition letter below.
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I have signed the No Time To Waste petition. Parents of Montgomery County elementary grade students want immediate changes to Curriculum 2.0. Heterogeneous math classes and a one-size-fits-all curriculum fail all students, whether their achievement level is below-grade, on-grade or above-grade. No child gets a full math period of instruction, assistance or feedback aimed at the child’s achievement level.
The Board of Education must reform Curriculum 2.0 to restore classrooms composed of children at similar math achievement levels in all elementary grades. It must mandate math instruction matched to the achievement level of the child. And it must provide that instruction at a pace that is appropriate for the child.
Montgomery County has an obligation to meet the educational needs of all its students. We urge you to carefully consider feedback from the communities your school system serves and reinstitute a system in which math teachers give all of their children their undivided attention.