The Mathematics Curriculum Objectives outline the essential components of the Math curriculum for each grade level (K-8) for Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools. Additionally, the overall academic, personal, spiritual and physical development of the child is an integral part of these objectives.
At each grade level, students are expected to recognize and make meaningful connections with the seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Call to Family, Community, and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable; Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers; Solidarity; Care for God’s Creation. The incorporation of these principles at each grade-level curriculum is accomplished by references to them throughout the school year in word problems, cooperative learning tasks, and teacher commentary, thereby providing our students with additional contexts for developing a deep appreciation for them.
Mathematics is recognized as a great example of the expansion of God’s gift of the human mind for the betterment of all mankind. In today’s global society, we are challenged to fully understand and expand mathematical accomplishments to assure a peaceful, productive and more equitable world. Everyday lives are increasingly mathematical and technological. Understanding and applying quantitative skills and solving real-life problems are essential educational goals for all students, regardless of heritage, language, aptitude, talents, needs, or interests. Therefore, all students must be given the opportunity to learn and understand mathematical concepts. Teaching strategies and learning experiences must be varied, meaningful and engaging to students.
In our increasingly technological world, students need to be exposed to and know how to correctly use new tools, communication media and technology to solve cross-curricular mathematical problems. Technology, however, should not be a substitute for the understanding of concepts. Mastery of computational skills should be accomplished at the appropriate grade level as outlined in these objectives. Development of critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills is recommended in accordance with age-appropriate development of such higher-level thinking skills. It is through communication and collaboration that we will advance our students towards a deeper appreciation and knowledge of mathematics.
Diocese of Arlington Office of Catholic Schools