What the heck is integrated math?

We received this press release from Veritas Academy about an integrated math presentation by Dr. Lawrence Gray, University of Minnesota School of Mathematics. Actually, it was a short trip because I wrote it...

(WAYZATA, MN) The controversy surrounding integrated math, traditional math, and its impact on K-12 students will be discussed at a forum featuring Dr. Lawrence Gray, University of Minnesota School of Mathematics, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7 at The Hill School in Wayzata.

Integrated math, also known as reform math or new math, was adopted a few years ago in most west metro public schools with mixed results. Although some students benefit from the integrated math approach, others are finding themselves unprepared for college level math -- even if they earned good grades in integrated math programs.

Dr. Gray is the Head of the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. He helped to write the current Minnesota Academic Standards for mathematics. After observing that many college freshmen who took integrated math in high school were struggling with college level math, Dr. Gray researched what is taught in integrated math, and how it is taught. He will help parents to understand how the choice between integrated and traditional math could impact their children's success in college and beyond.

The forum is sponsored by Veritas Academy, a free public charter high school in the western suburbs, opening in the fall of 2005. It will be held 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Monday, March 7, at The Hill School, 2180 North Shore Drive, Wayzata. For directions call The Hill School at (952) 201-8667. A free-will donation will be taken at the door.

A mom at church yesterday asked me, "What is integrated math?" This presentation is for you and other parents who want to know more about what their kids are being taught, and how.