Major changes are on the way in the way math is taught in the St. Tammany Parish School System in the continuing controversy over Common Core.
After another long and often intense meeting Thursday night, the matter came to a vote before the St. Tammany School Board.
"We're going to phase out the Eureka Math from the math curriculum by the end of this school year," said School Board President Beth Heintz.
While a number of educators and others urged the board to give Eureka Math more time to work, a large and vocal contingent of parents just wanted it gone.
Over recent months concerned parents have echoed similar sentiments.
Said one parent, "I have a child who is very discouraged, who has always been a good student in math and between my husband and I we have three college degrees, we have to Google to figure out what we're supposed to help our child with."
"We have listened to our parents," said Heintz. " We realize that they do not care for the Eureka Math curriculum. I know that many of our teachers have listened to that. I'm sure they will keep that in their minds when choosing the curriculum they want to use in their classrooms."
Already the black line master work sheets that students use online with Eureka have been deleted. The school system will now create work sheets of their own to replace the Eureka element.
Can you imagine a school board that listens to the will of parents and votes accordingly?
Here in New York State, we have a Board of Regents, a Department of Education, a governor and a legislature that listen only to the will of Bill Gates and other education reformers.