Published: Friday, Feb. 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
Perhaps you should spend some time reading and understanding the new law before
you complain about it. Secondary math III - which would be Junior
year - can be replaced with a concurrent enrollment college math class. As for students who are not able to pass math at the appropriate grade
level - if they have a learning disability they will have an IEP to deal with
the situation. ("All" does't really mean all - there are
exceptions.). Additionally, most high schools in Utah offer homework help for
students who are struggling with various subjects (even if that student
doesn't have an IEP). And if the student needs help beyond that, it is
time for an out of school tutor - which is the responsibility of the student or
their parents. At the end of the day, if a student cannot pass
grade-level work (or the equivalent if they have an IEP), perhaps they should
not move to the next grade.
Its getting to the point where no one is going to care your kid failed. You
will have to help. Yes its sad... but what is the alternative? Is there a
system that will work for everyone? Well since you asked: The alternative
is overhauling the people in charge of Education. When the culture of our
current school system is overthrown, we will be able to rebuild it in a way that
is successful. The system I grew up with is not the system my kids should grow
up with. I agree with the letter writer.
There should be more options for math learners. The schools our children
attended differentiated children by math ability in elementary school (3rd
grade?) They had a "homeroom" teacher who taught all the subjects, but
for math the kids were tested and evaluated and attended a different class for
math only. Those who struggled with math were in a different class than those
who excelled at math etc. In middle school they were all re-evaluated. Some
kids were ready to take higher levels of math earlier and were afforded that
opportunity. It wasn't a perfect system but it allowed for more variation.
If the bar is not set high, no one will make any effort to get over it. As it
is now, the bar is much too low.A previous poster accurately pointed
out that some children will not be required to meet this standard if they are on
a well-planned IEP.
Given the opportunity to fail, many students will do so, just because
they're lazy. Let's not enable that by trying to call it success.
My school has honors math classes as a choice for those students who accept the
challenge. The new math core is, indeed, different in concept arrangement from
the traditional division of algebra, geometry, and so one, but should help more
students, who must be willing, to understand how the language of math works.
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