Curriculum Construction – Week 9 – Reading Notes 

Jacob, B. (November 2001). Implementing Standards: The California Mathematics Textbook Debacle, Phi Delta Kappan, pp. 264-272.

  • Math Textbooks
    • “I examine California’s recent ‘standards-aligned” mathematics textbook adoption process, which provides a lens to scrutinize the impact of high-stakes policies on classroom practice”
  • Background on California
    • Standards by content areas
    • Revised every 7 years
    • K-8 only, High schools chose their own
  • 1996-1997 Math Adoption
      • Drafted by 4 voluntary Standards Commission
      • Met for 1 year with researchers, mathematicians, and educators
      • Published for review and comment
      • State Board of Education rejected and created a new one
        • 4 Stanford mathematic professors wrote it
        • Removed examples and clarifications
        • Done without input from the teachers
        • Problem solving techniques substituted by extensive practice and direct instruction!!
      • Dixon report
        • Douglas Carnine of the University of Oregon
        • Research review – selection biased towards board’s ideology – rote computation, not mathematical reasoning
      • 1999 Adoption
        • Story repeats itself – still rote computation + tell teachers exactly what to do
      • 2001 Adoption
        • Professor Hung-Hsi Wu from UC: could not explain his math reasoning “I’m puzzled as to why this is so difficult…”
        • Scripted instruction – “Teacher stupidification movement”  Richard Allington

Woodward, A., & Elliot, D. (1990). Textbooks: Consensus and Controversy. In Textbooks and Schooling In the United States, 89th Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 146-161.

  • Stakeholders are resistant to change in education
  • Publishers have to adapt content to political ideologies
  • Cost effective to have a national, neutral, and bland textbook as opposed to local books