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Published: Friday, Feb. 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Maudine
SLC, UT

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.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

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.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

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.

one old man
Ogden, UT

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.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

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.

metisophia
Ogden, UT

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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