At some point we hope to write in detail about Maths Pathway and why we loathe it. Briefly, in the very early days of MP we were contacted by one of MP’s founders and, because he came with a trusted recommendation, we gave MP a lot of and way too much consideration. It soon became clear that the MP guy was either uninterested in and/or incapable of comprehending our very strong criticisms; he was simply trying to sell us on their Revolutionary Product. We didn’t buy it. We don’t buy it. It is difficult to imagine how any kid could learn properly based upon MP and we have never met one who did.
For the moment, none of that matters. What matters now is that, according to one of its founders, Maths Pathways “worked with ACARA on advising the new maths curriculum”. And mathematicians did not. The Australian Mathematical Society did not. AMSI did not.
This encapsulates as well as anything the full-blown idiocy of ACARA’s curriculum review. Such idiocy cannot possibly be fixed in a month, no matter who is doing the trying. No one should be pretending otherwise.