Number Talks AGAIN!!!

When I hear over and over again how weak mental math skills are, it begs the question, “What are we doing about it?”  People will be quick to blame “discovery math” or “new math”, but the fact remains that it has always been a part of the curriculum for students to learn basic facts and also mental math skills.  So why don’t our students have these skills?  These skills take practice and not necessarily a drill and kill approach.  That only works for some.  What our kids need is time to make sense of numbers and the way that they work together, their relationships, how to manipulate them.  There is no better way, in my opinion, than a daily Number Talk.   I wholeheartedly believe that if all classes did 10 minutes of Number Talks daily, we would see such a significant impact on student learning in math.  Why are we not doing this?  What are your thoughts?