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In Boston Globe, Common Core, Common Core ELA Standards, Common Core Math Standards, Common Core State Standards, Constance Kamii, Defending the Early Years, Kindergarten, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, National News
That's the argument of Constance Kamii, a longtime professor of early-childhood education at the University of Alabama.
wrote the second DEY report, published last month, attacking several of the Common Core's
kindergarten math standards, including that students should be able to count to 100 by ones and 10s, as well as compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into 10 ones plus some further ones.
Kamii notes that the foundation of math is the ability to think abstractly about numbers - what five really means, beyond the numeral 5, or its place in a memorized sequence from one to 10 - as well as the logical relationships between numbers.
"Not many 5- and 6-year-olds understand words like 'forty' and 'fifty,'?
writes in the report.
So, while kindergartners can memorize the numbers from 1 to 100 with enough repetition, Kamii
says that's, "like making them memorize nonsense syllables."
(L-R) Dr. Douglas Clements,Dean Lora ...
(L-R) Dr. Douglas Clements,Dean Lora Bailey, Dr. Constance Kamii
The early education symposium also featured Dr. Constance Kamii
, a University of Alabama-Birmingham professional who has worked in early childhood classrooms in the United States and abroad for more than 30 years.
delivered the morning keynote address.
attracted worldwide attention in the 1990s with her
assertion that traditional methods of teaching young children,the "Three R's", actually did more harm than good.
She is professor of early childhood education at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
University of Alabama
Selected Standards from the Common Core ...
Selected Standards from the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Grades K-3: My Reasons for Not Supporting Them by Constance Kamii, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Constance Kamii
Thankyou to Constance Kamii, Ph.D.
The Attic Learning Community hosted Dr. Constance Kamii, Professor of Early ChildhoodEducation, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, for a evening lecture andall-day workshop on March9 & 10, 2011.
The event drew over 175 attendees, who gave Dr. Kamii
two standing ovations!
Constance Kazuko Kamii, Ph.D., is passionate about educating teachers, especially about educating them on ways to present mathematics so their students will "construct their own knowledge" rather than just memorize rules.
Children learn math the same way they learn everything else, Dr. Kamii
They have to experiment with and think about numbers before they really understand how numbers work.
pioneering methods in teacher education grew out of her
15-year association with renowned Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, whose lectures she
attended as a student at the University of Geneva
books about his
theory of thinking were dense, but when I heard him speak, he
ideas much more clearly," she
"I knew I wanted to work under him.
applied Piaget's approach to thinking to the field of mathematics education.