|Not for everyone.|
Maryanne was definitely going to college. She was great in English class, loved history, was an artist in the 1% bracket and hated math. She never thought she was good at it. She made it through algebra II in junior year and considered herself finished and had no intentions of signing up for a math class senior year. .
Why was she in college-prep algebra II with the pre-engineer kids who ate up math, but hated English? Because they were all going to college and the course was college-prep. Why do we think that the mechanics-to-be and the farmers can't do high-level geometry and algebra II? What if they enjoy math but are most interested in building cars -- don't they need math, too? Can't the Future Farmers enjoy math even if they have no intention of going to college?
|This is awesome. I want it.|
Let's instead have "Hate math algebra II" and "Love math algebra II".
Separate the kids by interest and enjoyment of subject, not by future plans that may or may not have anything to do with ability in the subject.