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I borrowed the McDougall Littel book that's also standard
in the LW district back in 1997. The teacher who loaned to
me wasn't very happy with it. This is the one that goes
over how you'd use linear algebra and matrix multiplication
to compute bake sale proceeds, and spends a week on pascal's
triangle, but in place of spending all year learning how to
solve y = ax + b, they don't even cover the most basic skill
in algebra.
When I'm on the board, I'll make sure they put back a traditional
math track, though I wouldn't be against a watered down
"math appreciation" class for those not headed for college or
a math-science career. The integrated math track is even
more difficult to understand than algebra since it's got about
20 times more content, and impossible to retain anything,
whereas if you take traditional algebra, you'll be able to
solve y = ax + b in your sleep until the day you die.
From: "Jean M. Ward"
> Marda,
>
> Can you send this out on your mailing lists?
>
> This is VERY good news!
>
> Jean
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Robert Ward"
> Sent: Friday, October 03, 2003 8:15 AM
> Subject: interesting
>
>
> > A co-worker who lives in the Issaquah district (his wife also teaches
> there) told me that Issaquah is dropping integrated math in their
secondary
> schools and returning to the traditional algebra-geometry-algebra, etc.
> track.
> >
> > bob
>