SOURCE: Math Essentials

Math Essentials

November 10, 2010 08:00 ET

Math Essentials Announces Mastering Math Can Add up to Success

LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) -  A strong foundation in math gives students something they can count on.

That's the key message of "America's Math Teacher," Richard W. Fisher. He also believes that that this country's math education system is "broken." Only three out of every 10 of our kids are proficient in math at grade 8, and by grade 12 it is only two out of 10. Shockingly, over 70 percent of our colleges have found it necessary to offer remedial math classes.

Fisher believes that an early mastery of math skills can lead to long-term success in school and beyond. He points to research that indicates a student will be more than twice as likely to graduate from college if he or she completes Algebra II.

He also holds that these benefits are particularly significant for lower-income parents and students. Fisher contends that low-income students who acquire strong math skills by the 8th grade can be as much as 10 times more likely to finish college than kids of the same socioeconomic background who don't master math.

Plus, the jobs that require strong math and science skills are outpacing overall job growth by 3 to 1.

Fisher contends that algebra-readiness is the key. Algebra is the gateway subject to more advanced math, science, and technical classes. The benefits to this readiness are evident not only in academic success, but also eventually, as an avenue to well-paying jobs.

However, Fisher admits that the groundwork for this readiness starts with a mastery of what he calls the Critical Foundations of Algebra: whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and geometry and measurement.

To help students, teachers, and parents -- Fisher has developed a three-volume book and DVD system called "Mastering Essential Math Skills" for grades 4 and 5, Middle Grades, and Pre-Algebra. An Algebra I component is on its way. The "America's Math Teacher" system teaches the exact topics recommended for algebra readiness by the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. The program aligns closely to the new common core math standards.

The lessons are short, concise, and self-contained. Each of the DVD's has Fisher giving careful instruction and encouragement for each and every topic before students go to the book. Students can see their progress and this helps increase their confidence and build self-esteem. With little or no involvement, teachers and parents can watch their kid's math scores soar.

It should be noted that Fisher is a winner of the "Intel Innovations in Teaching" award.

An added bonus, especially in these though economic times, is that large discounts as well as site licensing are available to schools. 

For more information call 866 444 MATH (6284), or visit the following sites:

www.mathessentials.net or www.americasmathteacher.com.

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