In March 2009, the PWC School Board approved a motion stating that PWCS will implement a consistent blended approach to mathematics education and identified SEVEN elements/points to be implemented.
A far more realistic view of the SEVEN points follows (these points have been evident since Math Investigations’ adoption).
This wonderful acronym and description are the creation of Stefanie, a member of http://www.POBMath.com
It’s called FIDIWTS (pronounced “fidiwitz” ).
A formula for school districts on how to handle parents uprisings against reform math programs.
Feign concern – Listen sympathetically and change nothing
Isolate – If complaints persist, tell concerned parents they are in the minority and everyone else is happy with the program
Divide and conquer – If parents organize, offer multiple parent math nights spreading “all is well – don’t worry” vibes
Interest will die down over time – Form a Math Committee to look into things and report back at a later date.
We’re doing something – Put in some band aids – Teachers can supplement as needed, do 10 minute math fact drills, and send home lots of traditional looking work as SOL test dates approach, etc – parents will think that’s adequate enough for mastery
Tell them what they want to hear – Talk about a blended curriculum and change nothing
Show them what they want to see – Send home recognizable homework but continue to promote reform math at school
Repeat as necessary
I’ve seen all 7 in my child’s school. How about you?