(Corpus Christi, TX)
In 7th grade I attended a private school that used the ACE curriculum. I completed two full years of PACES in that one year. I finished 6th grade towards the top of my class in math and went back to 8th grade and had to re-take 7th grade math. I ended up taking a summer course at the community college during high school to get back on track.
Granted, 30 years later, I still remember a lot of what I learned in Science and Language Arts, but the math just didn’t work for me.
FF 20 years: About 10 years ago, a friend of ours had his daughters in a small school that uses ACE. She was in finishing 2nd grade, working at the end of the 3rd grade PACES. Then they took the IOWA standardized exam. In math, she scored at the *beginning* of 2nd grade. I spent the summer trying to catch her up. And the things I heard from her saddened me. For example, I gave her a page of subtraction problems that required regrouping (borrowing), just to see where she was and what she knew. She got ALL of them wrong. I helped her work through a couple, then asked her what she had missed the first time. She said, “The directions just said to subtract. They didn’t say I had to borrow.” Apparently, no comprehension of numerology is taught. Just the rote formulas.