The whole concept of Connected Math is to NOT teach the children how to do math. The concept is to get them to figure it out their own way. The problem with this is if the child has no concept of anyway to do the problem, they either get to ask the teacher, who just asks them more questions, or blend into the floor an pretend to not be there. The average child chooses B, since they don't want to look like they are clueless. Then they come home with the homework, where mom/dad/grandma/grandpa whomever actually tells them what they are trying to learn and why it would mater in their life. Enter parental unit who actually looks at the problems and is appalled at the incorrectly printed sheets, "soft" math concepts ("Estimate about how much of this nebulous object could you possibly use for some non-descript project. Give your answer in the correct Units." The correct units are nowhere to be found on the paper, BTW), and homework sheets that come home that do not match the student edition...
The criminally incompetent ex-hippie "professors" Lappan, Fey, Fitzgerald, Susan, and Philips coauthored this abominable "Connected Mathematics" series, which needs a better name like "Math For Morons: If you don't suck at math now, you will when we're finished with you."
Wretched, awful stuff. Real-world people who have to use math--scientists, engineers, CFOs--simply do not think in the muddled, confused way promoted by this series.
Do not use this garbage; if you must, as all the miserable Seattle Public Schools middle schoolers--and their furious parents--have since 2007, then I sympathize, cos it's all I can do to not stick this dreck in the shredder after another dreary evening sitting with my kid puzzling over this cr*p. And more than one Seattle math teacher is angry over having to push this curriculum.
Same goes for the rest of the Connected Mathematics series like...
This is the worst math curriculum ever! All the teachers in our district can't stand it but are forced to use it. The teachers have to supplement the lessons with their own worksheets that provide explanations of the concepts. There are no examples of how to do anything, so if the child does not know what to do they are out of luck, especially for homework. For parents, it's a nightmare. You have to go online and find other curriculums that actually teach the child the concepts in order to help your child. This book assumes your child knows the concepts instead of teaching them the concepts. This book should be banned, it's that bad.
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