YOUR CHILD LEARN MATH" US DOEd We now believe that by the end of
the eighth grade, students should have mastered the fundamentals of
algebra and geometry to be ready for high school and on track for
college and the workforce.
This is the basis for the new "kitchen sink" lets see how much
college level math we can jam down our kids throats math
now favored by reformers.
Traditional college prep math was and
still is algebra 1 and geometry in grades 9 and 10, not compressed
into grade 8 though accelerating some kids is becoming
popular in some places.
> Today, math includes much more than arithmetic. Even in elementary
> school, children should be learning beginning concepts in algebra,
> geometry, measurement, and statistics. In addition, they should be
> learning how to solve problems by applying a knowledge of math to
> new situations, to understand math concepts, to reason
> mathematically, and to communicate mathematical ideas by talking
> and writing about math.
> Demand for skills in mathematics, science, and technology are
> continually increasing. To be successful in college and the
> workplace, students should take at least three years of rigorous
> high school math, aiming for calculus and even Advanced Placement
> mathematics. We now believe that by the end of the eighth grade,
> students should have mastered the fundamentals of algebra and
> geometry to be ready for high school and on track for college and
> the workforce.
Date sent: Wed, 01 Sep 1999 08:54:13 -0400
From: Lauren Scheffers (by way of Fred Battey )
Subject: "Helping Your Child Learn Math" (fun learning activities)
From: "Winters, Kirk"