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Education: Math book found lacking

I have a 13-year-old son going to North Whidbey Middle School. He has been struggling in math. The reason is quite evident: the math books that the school district uses are ridiculous in this person’s opinion.

The books come in sections with no glossary to find definitions of the words they use to get you to solve the problems. They don’t show any equations or formulas for them to find out how the problem should be solved. I sometimes get a bit upset when I have to get on the Internet and look up what it is they are asking for because, I’ve never seen the word used nor what its meaning is. There have been times when even logging onto askjeeves.com doesn’t have the answer.

Whoever it was that approved these math books to teach out of should be let go. The program needs to be changed or corrected now before more of the taxpayers’ money is spent on a new performing arts center and stadium. I would like someone to explain to me that this is the way to teach the new math. In my opinion this way of teaching math just doesn’t add up.

Jeff Schultz

Oak Harbor

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