Everyday Mathematics certainly has some positive components. It allows for differentiated learning to meet the needs of a diverse student body – critical to any modern pedagogical approach. In addition, the emphasis on independent and critical thinking is important in helping children face unfamiliar problems and situations with confidence – or at least it should be. But confidence and accuracy are two different things; it matters little if a child thinks she knows how to solve a problem when the end result is, quite simply, wrong – or took her twice as long to arrive to as her peer. Despite its good intentions, the accuracy and reliability of the mathematical methods used in this program are questionable, as is the evidence supporting overall improvement of students in math achievement. The organization What Works Clearinghouse found that Everyday Math's efficacy was only "potentially positive," with no clear or definitive indicators that students taught math using this method did much better than the mean (students learning math under any other pedagogical approach).