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Trend-starting Texas drops algebra II mandate


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  • caf Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    As someone who lived in Texas for over four years, the politics there are just as crazy as anywhere else (Perry was a Democrat until he wanted to run for governor and an embarrassment to many) but I found that their overall patriotism was huge compared with many other states. My children were in a superior school system compared with what is here in Utah and anything under 70% WAS a fail. There was no such thing as a D where we lived. More was expected of the students and more was given. My Middle schooler was not allowed to play in the band or on the tennis team unless he could keep up a B average. Which he did. I think that it is wise of them to drop the requirement of Algebra II. There are those who will never need it and they shouldn't be required to take it.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 27, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    Mark B-- Just for your info:

    * Texas has millions of people moving in.
    * California, and New York has millions moving out.
    * Texas has no state income tax,
    * Texas has the tenth largest economy in the world.
    * Texas has a twelve billion dollar surplus.
    * Texas is conservative--California, and New York liberal

    Nuff said---can't argue with truth.

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    "Algebra II is a really, really powerful predictive value on whether kids go to college, but it goes on and on after that: more likely to have a full-time job, have a job with benefits, be healthier,"

    Never took it and ended up as at tenure professor with a double PhD.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    Chris B should be aware that liberals do NOT run Texas. Just ask Governor Perry, the guy so determined to reduce the size of the Federal government that he forgot which departments he was planning to remove.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 7:18 a.m.

    What is needed in high school are different tracks and different diplomas. Those seeking to attend a good university need different skills than a student hoping to become a mechanic. One is not better just different. In each track only grades C or better would count toward graduation. An F grade would be given for anything below 70% and any F would cancel participation in any sport or extra curricular activity and only one term allowed to make it up. As a H.S. teacher working with students who know they can graduate with a D- for my class, it is hard to find a way to motivate them.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 2:50 a.m.

    The decision by Texas to drop the Algebra Il mandate is surprisingly a good thing. The same should be done with Algebra I. Ever since algebra / geometry has become mandated for all, these classes especially geometry has become severely dumbed down because all including those who don't want to put forth the effort have to be accommodated. Education is best when people are taught at their own levels.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 9:37 p.m.

    Liberals hate the idea of inequalities so much, including the inequality of academic success that many think its better to dumb everyone down.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Jan. 25, 2014 4:25 p.m.

    There's been a conservative philosophy lately that college is a waste of time. So I guess it would follow for them that algebra 2 is a waste of time.

    At the same time they attack the public school system for our kids being ranked last in international results... Decide what you want peeps.