I'm posting three quick pieces - one article (Gazette) and two opeds (Bulletin) - involving math in our district.
The Gazette piece (http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/01/07/more-parents-sought-math-review-panel-amherst) describes the search for more parents to be added to the Math Review Panel. I appreciate the administration's decision to expand this group (as I requested at the December meeting). Given the interest many of my blog readers (and indeed many parents in Amherst) have on this topic, I very much hope that many applications will be received. Interested parents can apply directly to Superintendent Geryk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm also posting two opinion pieces on math. The first of these is by Curriculum Director Beth Graham (http://www.amherstbulletin.com/story/id/193380/), who proposes that any changes to the math program (including following the recommendations of Dr. Chen) be made following a process of review and evaluation. The second of these is by parent Debbie Gabor (http://www.amherstbulletin.com/story/id/194386/), who encourages more urgent action on behalf of the administration.
My Goal in Blogging
I started this blog in May of 2008, shortly after my election to the School Committee, because I believed it was very important to both provide the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts with me about our schools and to provide me with an opportunity for me to ask questions and share my thoughts and reasoning. I have found the conversation generated on my blog to be extremely helpful to me in learning community views on many issues. I appreciate the many people who have taken the time to share their views. I believe it is critical to the quality of our public schools to have a public discussion of our community priorities, concerns and aspirations.