"It's not about memorizing certain algebraic equations and then regurgitating them in a test," Grover said. "It's about thinking how math might be used to solve a quality-of-water problem or how it might be used to determine whether or not we are safe in Philadelphia from the avian flu."
Of course, what this brain-dead principal misses — what all educrats who spout the "higher level thinking" line miss — is that you can't do those things until you've memorized those algebraic equations and regurgitated them on a test. What part of that is so hard for these idiots to understand?
Here's the part I don't understand. If the kids were really developing super higher-order thinking brains with these new-fangled progressive teaching techniques why are they unable to use those super brains to solve algebraic equations on a simplistic multiple choice exam? Why are they unable to higher-order think their way to the correct answers on lower-order basic skills exams?
And, while you're answering those questions, please point me to one credible scrap of evidence that indicates that the kids who've supposedly gotten their higher-order skills honed, but who don't do well on basic skills test, actually have acquired the higher-order skills and can demonstrate proficiency on a higher-order skills test.