In 2010, Governor Dayton pledged to make education his top priority.

In 2018, Walz did the same

And after the spending of billions of dollars – much of it extracted with the same exploitive gaslighting and logrolling that were the calling cards of both Dayton and Walz’s gubernatorial races – the results are…

…well, predictable:

Math scores on the biggest statewide exam have plummeted for six straight years, troubling some education officials and teachers — and prompting deep discussions about how to teach math in a more holistic way.

Last year, just 55% of students met state standards on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or MCAs, a slide of six percentage points in just over a decade. The decline spans all racial groups, and has diverged from the trend in reading scores, which have largely remained flat.

A smart government and bureaucracy would think in terms of, perhaps, inviting different people to the “conversation”.

What do math scores have to do with education spending?

The purpose of education spending is to enhance the wealth, power and privilege of Education Minnesota. FULL STOP.

No disagreement with Greg, but this is what they want to spend the money on to improve math scores (they were mentioned in an article in the Strib the other day). I’ll bet they aren’t cheap.

… yes, to my shame, I read an article in the Strib that wasn’t about sports.

“Instead, schools are broadening the idea of what it means to learn math, integrating the subject into coursework and hands-on lessons focused on problem-solving and the real-world implications of math.”

Something tells me that this doesn’t mean factoring polynomials.

“plummeted for six straight years,troubling someeducation officials and teachers”troubling only

somewell isn’t that precious.When that many students fail to meet the standards despite spending years being taught according to the best methods by professional, licensed educators, there is only one possible conclusion: plainly, the standards were set too high and must be adjusted downward.

What? That’s how we solved the problem of not enough females becoming fire fighters, not enough minorities becoming doctors, not enough indigents becoming home owners. Why not students passing math tests?

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This is where we are now. Entering a dark age. It is indeed troubling.

True, social media is impressive. The internet gives us instant access to global knowledge. We are a more tolerant society, at least in theory. But Facebook is not the Hoover Dam, and Twitter is not the Panama Canal.

Maybe they could try woke math like Seattle.

https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/socialstudies/pubdocs/Math%20SDS%20ES%20Framework.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1OcZliNSdEoiGpBstEzJw62re-wpQWXRSQeq7Ul78PH1C06YZp-e6Ii6A

I’m surprised none of you guys twigged the “adaptive tests”, wherein the test questions get progressively easier as more wrong answers are made.

This dumbing down is insidious; it’s evil.

PM nails it. They went to what we would have previously called the “New Math”, hence we get the results thereof. As a math and engineering TA in college, I could always tell whose elementary school/teachers didn’t stress basic arithmetic–and I had to kill their dreams of a STEM career in the process. In the same way, as a homeschool dad, the first thing I look at when my kids have trouble with math is whether they’ve done their math facts. Always.

Don’t tell me that pouring money into education doesn’t help. I’m sure the declining math scores are just a statistical aberration, but we’d need someone who can do statistics to be sure. But look – we pour money into sex ed, and STDs are way up!

NW: Yes, STDs are way up in a world where one of the big hitters, HPV, has a vaccine that most young people are taking. We are talking seriously skyrocketing consequences that ought to sober even the most earnest proponents of “comprehensive” sex education.

NW, to be 100% fair the stds are way up because retirement homes and communities are a 65+ brothels basically. Now try to enjoy your next meal thinking about that 😉

Look, I’ll never be a genius at math (or anything else), but anyone with an average IQ should be able to get through two semesters of calculus with a passing grade. You can do that just by memorizing rules & fitting real-world problems into mathematical concepts. If you can do A level work in English, you should be able to do at least C level work in calculus (that’s a good description of my academic career:)).