"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
Ronald Reagan

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Algebra No Longer 8th Grade Math Requirement in CA

The problem is that top colleges expect applicants to complete a calculus course in high school, so that if geometry remains as a full year course, the sequence leading college preparation requires five years, not four. Students who do not begin this sequence in 8th grade can catch up by taking two math courses at the same time. It’s more likely that they will not arrive at graduation fully prepared for top-ranked universities.

The key question is whether requiring students to enroll in a course that they may not be conceptually ready for helps or hurts them.

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