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I'm David Staples, a journalist and author, a long-time Edmonton Journal writer and resident of Edmonton.
I'm David Staples, a journalist and author, a long-time Edmonton Journal writer and resident of Edmonton.

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1. Your fight is with cognitive scientists and math profs, not me. The science is settled here for now and you're getting it wrong. Cognitive scientists are clear that fluency in basic arithmetic is a pre-condition to deeper understanding in math, to the ability to move on a do more complex math problems.
2. The rate of math illiteracy has doubled in last decade in Alberta. This hits our most vulnerable students hardest, as they sometimes lack parents who can afford tutoring or can teach math basics themselves. In the face of that tragedy, yes, folks are going to stand up and criticize a complacent educational establishment.
3. The fact that educational establishment has had to be dragged kicking and screaming to even recognize this issue in math, let alone take any responsibility for it or agree it needs fixing, is Exhibit A in why this group has lost credibility.
4. Discovery math advocates claimed all kinds of research backed the curriculum claims they pushed. When math profs dug into this research, they found not one credible study that stood up and supporting this massive discovery math overhaul of curriculum. It was driven by careerism and a distaste for previous practices in teaching math, not be by sound research.
5. Your own research is unimpressive. Dig into the topic. Read Hattie and Yates on the need for diligent practice. See what top cognitive scientists like Sweller, Willingham, Kirschner and Clark have to say about the need for fluency. Dig into what Craigen and Stokke have to say about the current constructivist math curriculum. Right now your attitude on the science of learning comes off at the level of Global Warming Denial.
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David Staples commented on a post on Blogger.
As a U of C poli sci prof has told me: "Change is everything and everything is changing, so everything must change, so let's change everything in time for everything to change everything!"

I agree with this as well as the goals of Inspiring Politics. 

The key clearly is make sure politicians are flexible, innovative and voter-centred.

Politicians are no longer to be the "sage on the stage" but must act as the "guide on the side," or the "architect" of politics. 

If  our leaders are going to properly engage in 21st Century Politics, then the dissemination of facts to people must end, with a shift in focus to voters relying on inquiry and discovery to try to get answers from political leaders.
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