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
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 liberalNuff said---can't
argue with truth.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Liberals hate the idea of inequalities so much, including the inequality of
academic success that many think its better to dumb everyone down.
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.