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Reminds me of the Looney Toons where the mother of "Yob" from
Mars tells her hubby she's concerned that her baby can construct
a molecular model of polyethylene, the planets, and looked up
what he spelled out with blocks and found out it was the einstein
equation.
I just figured out that a "normal" college prep sequence from the
Milgram study was:
"Outcomes Analysis for Core Plus Students at Andover High
School: One Year Later", by R. James Milgram, Department of
Mathematics, Stanford University:
ftp://math.stanford.edu/pub/papers/milgram/andover-report.html
txt: \clip\99\06\coreplus.txt
htm: \clipim\99\04\coreplus\coreplus.htm
Outcomes Analysis for Core Plus Students
at Andover High School: One Year Later
In the fall of 1993, Andover High School began what would be a four-year
phase-out of its (non-accelerated) "traditional" math program which had
been as follows:
* Ninth grade --- Algebra I
* Tenth Grade --- Geometry
* Eleventh Grade --- Algebra II
* Twelfth Grade --- Pre-Calculus (Trigonometry and Topics in Advanced
Algebra)
Which does _not_ require that 8th or 7th graders (or for that matter
fourth graders on Washington's WASL ) know how to solve ax + bx = c. Yet nearly all of the new NCTM tests and textbooks move this skill, which is a COLLEGE level course for most students who aren't on a sci/math
track down to G4.
It's one thing if "raising standards" means holding the all studnets
to the 50th percentile, and a basic level of proficiency as measured
by past experience. It's quite another to raise standards beyond
a level ever expected by even the top 1% of students, and failing
schools in the top 5% because we're "raising the bar" even for
our best students because even they don't have
"problem solving" or "higher order thinking" skills
The upshot of the Core Plus study is that even though, and perhaps
because integrated math programs cover so much content that is
normally college level, such as using matrices and linear algebra and every other doohickey found on a TI-92, the output kids can't
even hack remedial math, let alone Calculus which is what prep high school kids used to be tracked into.
The same will happen when all children are tracked lock step into
one integrated math sequence "for all" instead of the traditional
multitrack system.
Date sent: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 13:11:02 -0500
From: "Richard G. Innes" <70224.434@compuserve.com>
Subject: [education-consumers] Wisconsin CIM test raises bar to colleg prep track by G10
To: "ClearingHouse"
Send reply to: "Richard G. Innes" <70224.434@compuserve.com>
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>
>
> >From a news article in an Art Hu post:
>
> << chemistry and geometry to earlier grades [and requirement of all students]
> if students are going to have a fighting chance to pass a rigorous new
> graduation
> exam, testing experts and teachers say.>>>
>
> How "developmentally appropriate" is that going to be? The effect will be
> even more frustrated students who are not ready to handle this advanced
> work.
>
> Art, get ready for four hours of astro-physics homework for your youngster
> -- in 1st grade!!!
>
> Richard Innes
>
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