How have the reform movements impacted teaching mathematics and science? Write your response in a paper and include the differences between traditional teaching and current practices in mathematics and science?
In the US, No Child Left Behind has required school districts to hire 'highly qualified' teachers to teach content areas, where previously teachers might be placed in classrooms to teach whatever subject the district assigned or the teacher requested, whether or not the teacher was qualified to teach that subject. Regretfully, at the elementary level traditionally people those who tend to choose to teach at that level tend to be more interested in language arts than math and science and so the skill level of both the teachers and students have been substandard. This has made the students developmentally unprepared to work at middle school grade level.
Additionally, at the middle school level there were not enough teachers that were skilled math and science teachers so the students were not meeting the standards of those elsewhere in the world.
The TIMMS study done by Michigan State University, which evaluated teaching of math and science and the academic success of students around the world showed that the US was almost at the bottom compared to most other countries. This was because the volume of material that US students were expected to learn was higher than that other places, making 'less is more' paramount. The conclusion was that districts and state curriculum directors needed to hone down and determine precisely ...
The US is failing in the the fight to promote academic excellence in math and science compared to other nations.