Math in the News: All for Algebra, and Algebra for All?

With the blessing of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, it looks like the great state of Kah-lee-foh-nya is set to require all 8th graders to take Algebra I. The Sacramento Bee has an article regarding this development, see the link here:

http://www.sacbee.com/1089/story/1072095.html

A valiant effort, to be sure. But what good does this do, aside from making for good press? Let’s examine.

Recalling, first of all, that the California public education system is typically ranked somewhere in the lower forties (and recalling also that, given there are but 50 states in the union, this makes California’s ranking fairly dismal), it is natural to ask what the short term impact of this new requirement will be. If we’re looking for a sustainable solution to the education crisis in this state (forgetting for a moment what’s going on at a national level), this hardly seems to fit the bill. There’s no mention in the . . . → Read More: Math in the News: All for Algebra, and Algebra for All?

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