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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Spiral Approach vs. Immersion

Finally, the math board of our nation is implementing a new plan to undo the damage that is being done in our nation’s schools in math. I hope they will also change their methods for science.

They learned from research conducted by Trends in International Math and Science Study that America teaches too much material in a year. With this approach, kids aren’t really learning anything. They cover it so briefly, on such a surface level that their minds never have a chance to mull over, think through and understand math or science. With this approach, only the very extremely math minded – kids who do math for fun in their bed at night – really succeed. (Without those kids, our scores would have been even further below those of international students).

TIMSS told the world that the American curriculum is “a mile wide and an inch deep.”

Isn’t it wonderful that we, as homeschooling parents, can avoid the pitfalls that lead the nation into confusion and failure in the academic arena, while we also build up our children in the Kingdom of God? We have the opportunity to teach our children in the way that works, and not fall prey to the national standards that does not produce. We can toss out the Scope and Sequence that is plummeting America into the hole internationally.

Praise the Lord for homeschooling!
If you want to read more about the Immersion Approach, please read this article.

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