California No Longer Requires Students Take Algebra

California No Longer Requires Students Take Algebra



Math? Pssh.  Who needs it? (Photo:   Evelyn Saenz/Flickr)

Math? Pssh. Who needs it? (Photo: Evelyn Saenz/Flickr)

The dumbing down continues:

California will no longer require eighth-graders to take algebra — a move that is line with the Common Core standards being adopted by most states, but that may leave students unprepared for college.

Last month, California formally shifted to the Common Core mathematics standards, which recommend that students delay taking algebra if they aren’t ready for it. Previously, algebra class was a requirement for all eighth-graders in the state.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, which is sponsored by the National Governor’s Association, is an effort to unify diverse state education curricula. Forty-five other states and the District of Columbia have signed on so far.

But, I thought diversity was a good thing.

Hat Tip:  iOwnTheWorld

  • Stevmg

    I have taught math for over ten years now and can unequivocally state that some very intelligent people quite capable of abstract thinking cannot internalize math at all. It is not in their DNA. They should be allowed to progress and courses in “business arithmetic” which deal with the practical side of life would be a good substitute.

    I really mean that.