Abandonment of 8th Grade Algebra Requirements a Disgrace to our Educational System

I was shocked and saddened to see a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News announcing that the state of California would be eliminating its long-standing 8th grade algebra requirements. The reason given was that kids were “not ready” to learn algebra by 8th grade. If they are not ready by 8th grade, when will they be ready? We cannot assume that students will be prepared simply because they are older. The math curriculum must prepare students for abstract thinking beginning in elementary school. At RSM, we gradually and thoroughly introduce students to variables beginning in 1st grade. And by 7th grade our students are not only taking algebra, they are excelling in it. http://www.mercurynews.com/portal/ci_22509069/california-abandons-algebra-requirement-eighth-graders?_loopback=1&goback=%2Egde_1923313_member_231047815

 

 

By: Irina Khavinson   Irina Khavinson

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