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Teach math like the military does

Three cheers for teacher Michael Hensley for trumpeting a serious educational problem and suggesting a solution ("Howard County's math failure," Oct. 13).

Many children are "falling between the cracks" regarding math achievement. Mr. Hensley's solution: assess their math skill levels and then assign them to classes and instructional programs that match.

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Mr. Hensley adds that this needs to be followed up with continual monitoring of progress and appropriate adjustment in instructional strategies.

Such an approach has been a critical part of U.S. military training since at least the early 1960s. It contributed significantly to building a superb U.S. military force.

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It was part of the military's Instructional System Design strategy originally developed by Florida State University's Psychology Department and was later renamed the Systems Approach to Training.

Both these programs were forerunners of the Universal Design for Learning model that Mr. Hensley refers to as the basis for any solution.

Angelo Mirabella, Silver Spring

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