I was, however, slightly misquoted on one matter. I said that his school has not taught my third-grade son his times tables, not that he did not know his times tables.
Also the article stresses differences between the views of Stanford Prof. Ralph Cohen and those of the "math basics" parents' group. Although there may be differences, there is much overlap in views. Professor Cohen has publicly voiced his concern that the California "Mathematics Framework" and other "new-new" math curricula bend the stick too far in one direction -- away from math basics. Professor Cohen has been quite outspoken on the need for children to master computational skills. He emphasizes the need for practice and drill in computational techniques.