Monday, March 26, 2007

Forget March Madness...

Try Math Madness instead.

From the halls of Olympia to the daily newspaper on your computer or doorstep each morning, the headlines have all focused on math; today was no different.

What should 10th-graders know and be able to do on a test that counts for graduation two years later? What's the best way to test their knowledge? Is multiple choice really better? Fairer? And what if we 're still debating this five years from now? Then what? Legislators have until April 22 -- sine die -- to figure it all out. (Truth be told: AWSP has concerns about the rush to use any kind of test, be it the WASL or an off-the-shelf, multiple choice version.)

This is one time a study might be just the ticket.

On a lighter-but-still-math-related note: A belated Happy Pi Day, which took place on March 14 (3.14, of course). This high holy math day also coincided with Albert Einstein's birthday. A match made in mathematics heaven! No word yet on whether Hallmark has a card for this occasion...

2 comments:

Principal Mr. Malone said...

The PI day card exists:

http://www.123greetings.com/events/pi_day/

Anonymous said...

i agree. i am part of the class of 2008 and i think it's not fair to make my class required to pass in order to graduate. i mean we weren't even prepared for it. this year[my junior year] my math teacher's daughter was ill with cancer and i would have sub's that hardly spoke english. some didn't even know math. before i knew it, i was and still am behind in the class. i don't think the students messed up, i think the system did. i've been keeping up to date with the topic and read an article in the seattle times and a girl was interveiwed and she said she felt like a guinea pig. and that the whole thing was rediculous. i don't blame her. the state wants to see results? make after school programs, bring in tutors, teachers that can actually teach their students and create smaller class sizes so the teacher can teach a student individually if they have to. i know it may be expensive but you have to give a little to get a little.