Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kindergarten Kalculus

Comment on: "New Math Standards a Hurdle for Some Students and Teachers," Dec 12, The Texas Tribune

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School children in Texas will learn fractions in grade three, not four, and learn to use protractors in grade four, not six.

This is a step in the right direction, but if we are ever going to catch up to the Chinese, we need to get serious and put the pedal to the metal: Fractions and basic geometry should be thoroughly covered in pre-school, so kindergarten children can begin pre-calculus.

I feel, however, that kindergarten children should only be required to study differential calculus; Integral calculus and differential equations require a bit more maturity.

Stephen Krashen
President, The Society for Kindergarten Kalculus

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