OUR PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
Some might say that in a perfect world, no one would struggle with mathematics. We disagree! In a perfect world everyone enjoys a good struggle, realizing that with struggle comes learning as well as a sense of accomplishment and pride. Mathematics should not frustrate anyone to the point of giving up, but beckon the learner with the challenge of a potential solution to a difficult problem.
We believe the beauty of mathematics should be visible and enjoyed by all. We understand that some people may not see the beauty yet, and might need guidance to gain the appreciation for mathematics we want everyone to have. Mathematics has the capacity to mesmerize and dazzle with its dance between complexity and simplicity. We believe everyone should delight in this dance.
Mathematics is not just a “pretty face” however! Mathematics is useful. It is the language of the sciences and of life. From the mathematical modeling of the growth of a colony of bacteria to the mathematics that explains the physics of an airplane’s flight, math permeates our lives. The landscaper who needs to know the amount of mulch to cover the garden spaces and the school cafeteria chef who needs to calculate a recipe for 400 students, both use mathematics to be successful. Daily, people use the power of mathematics to explain, explore, conjecture, test, and prove. The uses of mathematics are boundless.
CPM’s goal is to ensure that every student experiences both the beauty and the utility of mathematics. First and foremost, we strive to improve mathematics learning in classrooms everywhere. We do this with curriculum, which is engaging and thought provoking. We want mathematics classrooms from sixth grade through calculus, to come alive and be memorable for students. We push students to ask questions to make connections and deepen their conceptual understanding in addition to improving their skill base. With this increased understanding, the students can realize that the mathematics truly makes sense. To further help students meet the challenge of understanding and struggling with mathematics, we support and empower the students’ teachers through professional development.
CPM’s free professional development is designed to model for the teachers what we want students to experience in math classrooms; therefore, the teachers are engaged in rich problems and are encouraged to ask questions to deepen their own understanding, and to contemplate the learning process in mathematically rich classrooms. They are being pushed to new levels of insight and craftsmanship, all while enjoying the process. These teachers are excited when they make the mathematics come alive for students and, as a result, their expectations for student learning increase once they see what the students can do if challenged and supported. Teachers become invigorated by CPM’s workshops.
In a perfect world, every student would have the opportunity to learn math by being engaged and challenged. We are working to make this possible: More math for more students! CPM does not aspire to be the biggest publisher, but we do believe we are among the few who truly put student learning first.