Several Years ago PWC adopted a controversial curriculum for use in county elementary schools. The program is based on the Investigations in Number, Data, and Space text series which was developed by TERC and is know as Investigations, Math Investigations, TERC, or TERC Investigations (www.TERC.edu).
The new curriculum follows the constructivist or reform philosophy of education which states that children learn best when they study broad concepts and discover computational strategies on their own as opposed to following standard procedures and practicing learned skills (a task commonly referred to by supporters of reform math as drill and kill). My objection to the program PWC is providing hinges entirely on how the text series the county selected approaches mathematics and how school administration has mislead the public regarding the program and it’s accomplishments.
These topics and others are discussed in more detail in other articles.