Announcing the Rational Mathematics Education blog
The time has come, the Walrus said, to get to the bottom of the idiocy that passes for analysis of mathematics education in the United States and elsewhere. The ‘Net is flooded with videos, blogs, and what I view as hate lists and web sites all attacking progressive reform methods, tools, technologies, pedagogies and, most especially, text books in mathematics (although the onslaught against progressive science education is on its way, and the current focus on mathematics education reform was preceded by the still on-going war against “whole language” and related ideas in literacy education.
This blog has been created to provide direct replies to entries on other blogs where the blogger invites feedback but refuses to post negative responses, critical comments, uncomfortable questions, etc., of ANY kind, regardless of how polite they may be. What do such people fear, I wonder? That their lies, distortions, misinformation, and conscious disinformation will be put under the harsh spotlight of reality? That their perversions and conflating of such important ideas as constructivism, cooperative learning, discovery learning, guided discovery, progressive education, child-centered classrooms, and many others will be exposed as either gross misunderstanding or willful inaccuracy?
Thomas J. Mertz