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Reflecting on the message from the State Board of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction” it was in 1983 the report “A Nation at Risk, by the National Commission on Excellence in Education had brought to light “a rising tide of mediocrity” in the schools (Larson, 1997). This was when an era of education reform began. Larsen described the results of this reform was uneven, but it did stimulated some key infrastructure improvements: instructional time was increased, high school diplomas came to mean the completion of minimum course requirements, and emphasis was placed on local planning efforts to improve the schools’ efficiency and effectiveness. This reform caused the awareness and need to get back to the basics with our students, such as requiring a strong foundation in basic skills. Although some may not agree that technology did not replace the need for all students to learn and master basic mathematics skills, but they must be able to add, subtract, multiply and... read more

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