Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Carnival Time!

Go hit up Education Wonks and the Education Carnival!

The war over Algebra rages on. Should it be a required element of a high school diploma? Some of the Midway entries have to do with that very subject. I stand by my opinion that Algebra should not be required to graduate high school. I also continue to feel that people that put Algebra on the same level as reading or writing are not be honest with the priorities of society. You can't survive without the ability to read. Period.
And this argument that Algebra creates a logical method of problem solving is horribly bogus. Every teacher should be teaching a logical method of problem solving, and Algebra is not the end-all and be-all of methodical deduction. Is it a valuable component to certain learning modalities in problem solving? Absolutely! But shame on those teachers that don't teach critical thinking skills and expect the linear boredom of mathematics to be the benchmark for progressional analysis.

By the way, you would not believe how many Calculus and AP Physics students can't balance a checkbook. Talk about missing the priorities.
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