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In many U.S. classrooms, kids learn very little substantive math content, starting with arithmetic in 1st grade. Kids must know stuff to move forward in math, but they aren't taught enough content.

*A Tale of Two Cities.*In many U.S. classrooms, kids learn very little substantive math content, starting with arithmetic in 1st grade. Kids must know stuff to move forward in math, but they aren't taught enough content.

*Instead, they are taught Common Core reform math, which is not internationally benchmarked, so students start behind and stay behind, beginning in the 1st grade.*Theme:**Other nations are out-educating us in math and science.**

**Educators imagine that students have the same academic ability, which isn't true.**Pretending that students are the same is a myth. Students do not have similar intellectual ability, so "gap closing" should not be an educational goal. Some kids are better at math than others. It's not going to change. The K-8 kids who are better at math need**advanced content**, but instead, they often get enrichment in so-called gifted programs. Also, high-achieving math students are mixed with low-achieving students in the name of**equity**. "Academic outcomes are not simply a function of money," writes Freddie deBoer. "Throwing money at our educational problems, while noble in intent, hasn't worked." Yet, we continue doing it.**NOTE:**The updated content for this page has moved to Math Notes:**Click Here for the latest Math Notes!**

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