All kids can learn arithmetic—how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals and work with percentages—if taught sensibly. Really! See for yourself. Click on the YouTube video to watch grade 1 children in a MOVE IT Math™ class adding a column of five 5-digit numbers and subtracting across zeroes (8,002,011–2,540,159) for Texas legislators at the State Capitol in Austin. (Not in the video are the children also multiplying and dividing.) In contrast, in testing children not in MOVE IT Math™ classes, only of 2,613 grade 3 children tested could solve 46+18+27, and only of 2,680 grade 4 children tested could solve 5020–463. For answers to questions you might have about the performance of the children in Part 1, watch . Do you think the teacher was lying when she said her kids “all come along”?
Since 1974, thousands of children in classes using MOVE IT Math™ have learned arithmetic and done so years in advance of children locked into any of the major textbook series for elementary school math, including those published by Harcourt School Publishers, Houghton Mifflin, MacMillan McGraw-Hill, Saxon, Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley (enVision MATH), and the University of Chicago School Math Project (Everyday Math). They all stifle children’s mathematical growth with their sluggish, mind-numbing development of , , , and of whole numbers with huge percentages of children still “not getting it.” Not rectifying this issue alone could cost the nation (not billion) over the next 80 years!
While governor of Texas (1991-1995), Ann Richards said “MOVE IT Math is a quantum leap ahead of traditional math instruction now taught in Texas classrooms.... The question will be how much of it we can do and how fast we can put this program on track.” (). Today, more than 20 years after her pronouncement, America still bemoans how poorly its students rank in math in international testing (about 25th); politicians still campaign on promises to “fix our schools;” and the business community still rails to fire the “bad” teachers.
Nothing changed! Under a new administration, the University of Houston cancelled the MOVE IT Math™ methods courses for practicing elementary school teachers that previous administrations had promoted for more than a decade, and not one of more than 200 Texas Newspapers, Radio Stations, and TV Stations Contacted that were told of it questioned the university’s decision. Neither did any of the politicians who were contacted: 152 Texas Congressmen and Congresswomen, 31 Texas Senators, 32 Texas members of the US House of Representatives, and 74 US Senators, including then Senators Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. Meanwhile, the elementary school math curriculum has become so test-driven and encumbered with practice tests that teachers are hardly able to teach arithmetic at all.
The main reason so few American children excel in arithmetic is not bad teachers. It is a bad curriculum. In MOVE IT Math™, success in arithmetic is built on understanding and thus lasts. In all other programs, it is built on memorization and thus lasts for only a while (, , ). Worse, in all other programs, the piecemeal development of arithmetic in the early grades (max 2-digit numbers in 1st grade math, 3-digit numbers in 2nd grade math, and 4-digit numbers in 3rd grade math) ensures boredom and undermines an understanding of place value numeration which must be understood if arithmetic is to be meaningful.
The mission of this website is to rally a nationwide “movement” that will insist that the current underperforming elementary school math curriculum be reworked to ensure that learn arithmetic, which they must if they are to be competitive in the worldwide competition for jobs that are becoming increasingly technical (). Arithmetic forms the basis for algebra, and algebra forms the basis for calculus—the gateway to higher mathematics and science.
Please join us in showing that all kids can learn arithmetic and that the current elementary school math curriculum, regardless of the publisher, is woefully inadequate in its development of the subject. We have been doing that for more than 35 years but are new to the Internet and only now able to widely disseminate what we do. Click on to learn how to teach arithmetic effectively to every child.
No fees or registration required! All of the math lessons (hands-on activities), math worksheets, and math games used with the children in Part 1 of the videos are included in free . Nothing to buy if you use the templates provided to make the concrete materials used in the program: a , , and .