When the Education Department (ED) in October 1999 endorsed on its web site 10 mathematics curricula for grades K-12, the agency was harshly criticized by university mathematics professors and math education researchers. Rallying under the organizational banner of “Mathematically Correct,” the critics called the programs “among the worst programs in existence,” according to one member, and the group’s challenge led to a Congressional hearing.
The debate continues. Mathematically Correct has created an extensive web site that describes in detail its opposition to the ED recommendations, calls for tough national mathematics standards, and makes a case for restoring an emphasis on basic skills to math education. This site can be found at http://www.mathematicallycorrect.com.
To view ED’s recommendations that ignited the protests, go to http://www.enc.org/ed/exemplary.