A solid understanding of mathematics is an important component of a well-rounded education. The ability to perform basic mathematical computations is a requirement of many entry-level jobs. In addition, careers in fields such as engineering, medicine, finance, and all of the sciences require a sound foundation in higher-level university mathematics, including calculus, statistics and linear algebra.Because math is such an important skill, schools have an obligation to ensure students learn key math concepts. Unfortunately, schools are largely failing in this regard. First-year post-secondary students are less and less prepared for university-level mathematics, which has led to a proliferation of remedial math courses at universities across Canada.Many parents also choose to enroll their children in special tutoring sessions with organizations such as Kumon Math & Reading and Sylvan Learning Centre to fill in the gaps left by the public school system. Unfortunately, many parents cannot afford extra tutoring, creating a two-tiered system that unfairly penalizes children whose parents cannot afford to pay for extra math tutoring.Although there is solid evidence for traditional approaches to teaching math that involve mastering standard algorithms, practicing skills to mastery and introducing concepts in incremental steps, most provincial math curricula and textbooks employ a different approach. This new approach to teaching math is based on a philosophy known as constructivism, which encourages students to come up with their own understanding of the subject at hand. As a result, there is very little direct instruction of important math algorithms or memorizing of basic math facts in many school classrooms.This de-emphasis on drill and practice is reflected in the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol (WNCP) math curriculum document. WNCP establishes a common curriculum framework for the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba as well as the three territories. There are a lot of references in this…

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