I posted this on an old blog post (http://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/everything-you-need-to-know-about-education-reform-by-rona-wilensky/#comment-11864), but wanted to think about it more, so I thought I might post it here:
I am a little late here – 3 years. However…
I have long thought a reorganization of current resources may solve many of the problems with math education in the early years. Most of us will probably agree that if children do not learn math early, they are most likely not going to excel at math later; in reality, these kids will often struggle just to meet basic levels for testing these days.
Here is a possible plan:
Instead of having 5 teachers on a grade-level be the “know-it-all” for all subjects, which it may be being suggested they are not, perhaps you could have three generalists, one math specialist, and one math/science specialist. In the beginning, these teachers would simply be chosen from those available. As time goes on, however, administrators could hire specifically to fill the math specialist position for each grade level. A massive reorganization would be required, but it makes more sense to me.
This is just the beginning of the idea, but I thought I would throw it out there. This requires no additional money, training, etc., simply a reallocation of the available resources.
Feel free to respond.
[If you respond to a blog post three years late, would anybody read it?]