Skip to comments.America Sucks At Math. Solution? Cut Out Algebra?!
Posted on 07/30/2012 10:56:30 PM PDT by grundle
Getting rid of algebra and beyond in our public schools is equivalent to an average American failing algebra because they just didnt care. If we throw in the towel instead of emphasizing the fact that hard work and self-responsibility arent essential qualities in a person, what kind of example are we setting? Furthermore, how can we truly prepare students to go into the workforce if they think they can just drop out of something too difficult instead of putting in the hours and hours of work that is required?? It doesnt make sense.
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This is why:
I love algebra. I didn’t when I was in high school, but when I was home-schooling my son, I had a great Algebra book that had the answers in the back, so I would try the equations first, then see if I was correct before teaching them to my son. I had so much fun working the problems because, to me, they were like puzzles. Changing the minuses to plusses and vice-versa, doing ratios, I just had a ball. Unfortunately, I couldn’t transfer my enthusiasm to my son. It may be an age thing.
But I see a use for Algebra in some occupations, such as engineering. It also teaches you to think and to use logic. It’s good for the brain.
“...in many cases, its the PARENTS who dont want their children pushed or pressured.”...”
What does that have to do with whether a teacher fails a student for repeating the grade in order to make the grade?
Agreed. These people are encouraging non-hackers.
“..we took Algebra in 9th grade. Now they are teaching it to 8th graders.”
My daughter is taking Algebra 1 (Saxon) in 6th Grade.
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