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23 Oct 2005 - 21:42
A couple of lines caught my eye in the article Lone Ranger sent Carolyn:
The problem is clear in the enrollment for remedial math at Wayne State, which has soared 85% in the last four years. There are 1,200 students in 12 sections of the class, a computer-based course. "These students are coming in at the level of ninth-grade math," said Patty Bonesteel, developmental math coordinator at Wayne State. "Without a doubt, the idea of being bad at math is perfectly fine in our culture, and that's unfortunate."
"It's a national survival issue," Geltner said. "The American standards of education are simply not world class anymore."
As far as I know, the U.S. has never had a world class curriculum K-12.
article from Lone Ranger on remedial ed in MI colleges
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Maybe this has something to do with Core-Plus. Core-Plus was heavily promoted in Michigan. I have not seen any pattern like this (85% increase) at the University of Akron where I teach. -- CharlesWilliams - 24 Oct 2005
From A Brief History of American K-12 Mathematics Education in the 20th Century by David Klein: The following table gives percentages of high school students enrolled in high school math courses. Percentages of U.S. High School Students Enrolled in Various Courses
wow--just found this I'll pull it up front! First I have to get Andrew to school... -- CatherineJohnson - 25 Oct 2005