Alas, my first two years as a math teacher have ended with one thing on my mind. I have not been able used the book a single time because it is not aligned with the standards. And the bottom line is that it is a poor quality book. All of the math teachers and administrators I have talked to agree. They say that there is nothing we can do about the powers that be.
For those of you who are curious, the contract is with McGraw Hill, the book set is called Impact Mathematics.
This contract is one of the clearer cases of corruption in the Board of Education because of the fact that this book is highly useless and simply a leech on our taxpayer money. I am not here to flame the board of ed. I want to provide a solution.
Instead of allowing for MAJOR, multi-billion dollar contracts with private companies (smells like the culture for a corrupt stew); we can internalize the whole process.
The city can hire a panel of bona-fide experts, such as teachers, professors and the like, to create one set of books that will align perfectly with the standards. This will also allow for the elementary school math books to lead directly to middle school books, which will, in turn, lead into high school books.
I just have a funny feeling that I am missing something here. So the real question here is: how can we end this corrupt business that is directly hurting our children’s education?