During this time NCTM Standards were being implemented throughout the United States.These programs, while "reform-based," were accused of being too similar to the Progressive movement of the early 20th century. Perceived weaknesses included neglecting basic math skills in exchange for discovery learning, excessive use of calculators, group work, minimizing arithmetic, algebra, definitions, proofs, and textbooks.
Groups of concerned parents gathered throughout the country to form organizations such as:
• The founders of Princeton Charter School
• Honest and Open Logical Debate (HOLD) in Palo Alto, CA
• Mathematically Correct in San Diego, CA
• Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools (PRESS) in Milwaukee, WI
• Concerned Parents of Reading, MA
• Concerned Parents of Petaluma, CA
• Mountain View Achievement
• Santa Monicans Working for Equity and Excellence in Public Schools
• Plano Parental Rights Council
• New York City HOLD
Many of these groups included professors, mathematicians and scientists.Some met in person while many made websites and distributed newsletters to their membership.As a result of their efforts, some formed charter schools or altered the curriculum of their schools.
Mathematically Correct succeeded in changing materials used in the classroom, the state policies governing mathematics education, and the textbooks and testing system in the state of California.
Websites from these organizations still exist:
• HOLD http://www.dehnbase.org/hold/
• Mathematically Correct http://www.mathematicallycorrect.com/