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Posted on 03/15/2010 11:07:04 AM PDT by bs9021
Advanced Abacus Malcolm A. Kline, March 15, 2010
The Washington, D. C. suburb of Montgomery County, Maryland is one of Americas richestin dollars. Its public school curricula is a bit more impoverished.
A top Montgomery County schools official has called the districts tenacious and much-publicized push for all middle school students to complete high-level mathematics a mistake, Leah Fabel reported in The Washington Examiner. Specifically, Susan Marks, the districts associate superintendent for human resources and a former teacher and principal said that One mistake that we did make is that we pushed every kid into eighth-grade algebra.
Hallelujah, Gordon Brenne, a PTA vice president at Kensingtons Albert Einstein High School, said when told of Marks comment. One wonders if the high schools namesake would have reacted the same way.
Full disclosure: this correspondent first encountered Algebra in sixth-grade. The decision by the county further calls into question the oft-repeated assertion by teachers unions that a school districts wealth determines its scholastics....
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Why are they using the word abacus in the headline?
Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human.
At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear
shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.
God made the idiot for practice, and then
He made the School Board. — Mark Twain —
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