I tell the parents of kids I tutor - Make sure your kids learn math the way you learned it. The approach they are using today comes from Bachelor PhD Math Professors who do not remember ever having LEARNED math. The kids will still have to know long division, borrowing and carrying, fractions, multiplication tables. IF they do not learn this in school, make absolutely sure you teach them.
I can do what I can do to help the kids learn these things, but parents must carry the burden as well.
If parents have to carry the burden, they might as well homeschool. Either that or send their kids to private school.
It must be maddening for parents to have to pay taxes for schools that don’t educate their children.
They treat a simple math problem like a geometry proof. Umpteen steps to do simple division. WTH? No wonder kids can’t count back change. They can, if you give them 5 minutes and a pen and paper to write out a formal proof.