Friday, November 5, 2010
Algebra II Before Geometry
This is happening in our area (not at my son's HS), but I'm not sure why. Is it being driven by the CCSSO standards? Do high schools want to get most students through the material (pseudo-Algebra II) before it's too late or while the algebra "iron" is hot? If this is true, then the top math track in high school is under attack. It's one thing to channel students off to integrated math, like Core Plus, but with the current emphasis on the traditional sequence of math classes, there seems to be only one direction for the content to go. Traditional math won, but ends up losing. Is that what will happen in lower schools if they decide to use Singapore Math? Perhaps I'm reading too much into this. I don't have any strong feelings about whether geometry or algebra II should come first, but I do have strong feelings about rigor. What is the real driving force behind the switch? Do they use the same textbooks? One comment I heard once was that this would allow the geometry classes to delve more deeply into proofs because the students would be more mature and would have more math background. I don't buy it. What direction would algebra II go, even for the honors version?