Failing algebra: Manchester parents need answers
Why are so many Manchester students failing algebra? Superintendent Thomas Brennan said there could be many reasons, including 'issues in terms of coordination and integration at the transition points.' That means the school district might not be making sure that the different math curricula in elementary, middle and high schools build upon one another.
Parents and Brennan mentioned the elementary schools' Everyday Math curriculum, adopted a few years ago, which teaches using very different methods than traditional math education. But many other school districts, inlcuding neighboring Bedford, also use Everyday Math. We doubt they have the same problem Manchester has.
It is disconcerting that the administration really has no idea what the problem is and is reaching for answers. In fact, we don't know which is worse: that so many students fail basic algebra, that district officials don't know why, or that it took a meeting with parents to get the problem addressed.