Singapore Math: Yea or Nay?

https://www.verywell.com/singapore-m...nd-cons-620953

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Cons of Singapore Math

Requires extensive and ongoing teacher training, which is neither financially or practically feasible in a number of school districts.

Closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards (yes, this can be a pro and a con, depending on whom you ask).

Materials are consumable and must be re-ordered for every classroom every year. This can put a huge financial burden on already strained school budgets.

Less of a focus on applied mathematics than traditional U.S. math textbooks. For instance, the Everyday Mathematics program emphasizes data analysis using real-life, multiple step math problems, while Singapore Math’s approach is more ideological.

Doesn’t work well for a nomadic student population. Many students move in and out of school districts, which isn’t a big problem when the math programs are similar. However, since Singapore Math is so sequential and doesn’t re-teach concepts or skills, using the program may set these students up for failure, whether they’re moving into or out of a district using it.

Despite the number of pros to Singapore Math and some research suggesting that it is superior to U.S. textbooks, some schools are finding that the method is not easy to implement.

https://www.verywell.com/singapore-m...nd-cons-620953

excerpt

Cons of Singapore Math

Requires extensive and ongoing teacher training, which is neither financially or practically feasible in a number of school districts.

Closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards (yes, this can be a pro and a con, depending on whom you ask).

Materials are consumable and must be re-ordered for every classroom every year. This can put a huge financial burden on already strained school budgets.

Less of a focus on applied mathematics than traditional U.S. math textbooks. For instance, the Everyday Mathematics program emphasizes data analysis using real-life, multiple step math problems, while Singapore Math’s approach is more ideological.

Doesn’t work well for a nomadic student population. Many students move in and out of school districts, which isn’t a big problem when the math programs are similar. However, since Singapore Math is so sequential and doesn’t re-teach concepts or skills, using the program may set these students up for failure, whether they’re moving into or out of a district using it.

Despite the number of pros to Singapore Math and some research suggesting that it is superior to U.S. textbooks, some schools are finding that the method is not easy to implement.

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