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California will no longer require eighth-graders to take algebra — a move that is line with the Common Core standards being adopted by most states, but that may leave students unprepared for college.

Last month, California formally shifted to the Common Core mathematics standards, which recommend that students delay taking algebra if they aren’t ready for it. Previously, algebra class was a requirement for all eighth-graders in the state.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, which is sponsored by the National Governor’s Association, is an effort to unify diverse state education curricula. Forty-five other states and the District of Columbia have signed on so far.

Diann

February 13th, 2013

Solving for X?!

We don’t need to solve for X!!!

kool aid

February 13th, 2013

seriously…..why is this a big deal? In the calculator / Iphone age, what use in life is Algebra anyway. I say let them take American History or Civics 1000 times before math they will never use again the rest of their life….teach them something that is helpful so maybe, just maybe they can rise above a low information voter educated by Snooki and MSNBC

BILL

February 13th, 2013

talk about eating your own.

here we have the primary and high school educators dumping off their current responsibility to the college educators.

the college educators already complain about students ill equipped to handle advanced courses in college.

if the anti communists were really as smart as they think they are they would exploit this circumstance and get the two groups of “comrads” to attack each other and keep them attacking each other!

Jimmy

February 13th, 2013

I wonder what “function of t” would now best model the IQ of California’s students?

eternal cracker p

February 13th, 2013

If they aren’t ready for it..

Who decides?

My third grade son understands basic algebra. He even considers it, in his own word, “simple.”

Good thing he has parents that teach him things in between school days.

BILL

February 13th, 2013

“so if we don’t learn the students algebra they won’t know that 2+2=4 and not 5 like we keep telling them.”

Bad Brad

February 13th, 2013

X square time y squared = food stamps

What’s worse then this? The IOC in all it’s wisdom just dropper wrestling as an Olympic sport. Un freaking believable.

Dadof3

February 13th, 2013

If you can figure out your restaurant bill before it gets there – you are doing algebra in the real world.

Even with a calulator you need to know what to do with the numbers.

It’s not useless and it shouldn’t be that hard to teach.

It’s a cultural failure, IMO.

Maudie N Mandeville

February 13th, 2013

Algebra will be replaced with Grievance Studies.

BILL

February 13th, 2013

nothing advances math skills like taking time out in the students busy days of sexting each other in order to sing songs of praise to obama, listen to perverts talk about anal sex with handouts and watch algores movie about global warming.

the teachers are doing all they can to teach math. even going so far as to have sex with the students.

Stranded in Sonoma

February 13th, 2013

I remember watching The Social Network with my kids on TV. In one scene, Eduardo Saverin gives his chess player rating algorithm to Zuckerberg so he can create a site that compares girls. Without algebra, and learning it at an early enough age for it to take hold, you don’t program computers.

Which means that CA, with Silicon Valley and all of that, is starting its students off at a disadvantage in the computer world.

Great strategy, Napoleon!McFartus Spontaneous

February 13th, 2013

Our youngest is in 5th grade and she is starting Algebra II. Our oldest starts HS next year and she is in Honors Calculus. Next year her science class as a Freshman will be Physics & she is already enrolled in the Freshman Honors Math class and Math Club. Our youngest came home just yesterday and said, “Dad, did u know that without math we cant build anything that works good?” I answered with a smile and said yep. Way to go Kookafornia, keep up the good work out there.

norman einstein

February 13th, 2013

Algebra? Algebras?

Are those what they burn to get the new green algae fuel that the Won was talking about?

insolublog

February 13th, 2013

No Algebra? I guess that means more time to study Emmanuel Goldstein’s “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism”

IronyCurtain

February 13th, 2013

As long as they can still study 13th Century Transgendered Basket Weaving Social Policy Injustice.

dude

February 13th, 2013

Here we go again, tailoring to the lowest common denominator (no pun intended) in our society.

AvgDude

February 13th, 2013

They probably can’t find enough tenured teachers who can teach algebra…. Plus…

“Algebra is haaaaaard…. It makes me feeeeeeeeel stupid… Besides… I’m gonna be a singer or dancer when I grow up; so I don’t need to take no stupid algebra!!!”

dude

February 13th, 2013

Come on, it’s California. They will be better off offering courses in lawnmower maintenance, trimming shrubs, the use of a weedwacker, gardening 101…..

Moe Tom

February 13th, 2013

Avgdude. I was thinking that my self. Not enough teachers.

Doc

February 13th, 2013

It’s a waste of time anyway…who needs to to balance their EBT card acct.

Mary Jane Anklestraps

February 13th, 2013

Every 6 months there’s a campaign to raise taxes to hire more teachers, etc FOR THE CHILDREN™. They get the money and then ask for more. Do the teachers know algebra?

even steven

February 13th, 2013

Is them teachers still learnin’ the youngens times and gosintas? Two gosinta four two times. Two gosinta six three times. Two gosinta eight four times… (hat tip Jethro Bodine)

Stranded in Sonoma

February 13th, 2013

A California teachers union representative speaks out on why algebra is no longer necessary for 8th graders.

norman einstein

February 13th, 2013

@AvgDude, “Besides… I’m gonna be a singer or dancer when I grow up; so I don’t need to take no stupid algebra!!!”

When I grow up (so far, I’ve managed to avoid it), I wanna go to Caleeforneea and be a surfing instructor. Man, it’s gonna be gnarly. Just hangin’ at the beach all day…

Nash Montana

February 13th, 2013

WHAT?!? Ha ha ha! Say what? Okay. What again? Say it isn’t so.

Here are my two cents:

I grew up, and went to school, in Switzerland. Our education system is pretty… advanced and extremely thorough. I lived in the Swiss speaking part of the country, by Zurich. By the time I was 14 I spoke German fluent, better than english. I spoke Italian, French, and a bit of Russian.

Every so often, we’d have so-called ‘transients’, (foreign students) come to our school. People from Eastern Germany (DDR), and from Russia (UdSSR), that were sent to Switzerland to LEARN.

Why? Because their standards in language, written word (grammar), and mathematics was absolutely dismal. I mean, I was bad in math. Really, really bad. Ask my parents… OY VEY! But for these kids, there wasn’t even a measure DOWN on the scale, they were THAT bad!!! OH yeah, please tell me, when was the last time anything productive or mind bendingly intelligent came out of the DDR or the UdSSR?

I look around here, in this country, and I already see a lack of education in grammar, and math isn’t really up to par either. And now they’re gonna lower standards in KKALIFORNIA, even more. And other states are to follow.

What do Russia, Eastern Germany and KKalifornia have in common, please?

Chieftain

February 13th, 2013

Mathematics is the language of science, and algebra is a primer on mathematics that many other important subjects are based upon.

On the gripping hand, how many 8th graders are left in Kallyfornea that understand enough English to even grasp the most basic algebra??

Boobie the Rocket Dog

February 13th, 2013

Who needs math? Guess again, Californicans:

1. Duane has an AK47 with a 30 round clip. If he misses 6 out of 10 shots and shoots 13 times at each drive by shooting, how many drive by shootings can he attempt before he has to reload?

2. If Jose has two ounces of cocaine and he sells an 8 ball to Jackson for $320 and 2 grams to Billy for $85 per gram, what is the street value of the balance of the cocaine if he doesn’t cut it?

3. Rufus is pimping for three girls. If the price is $65 for each trick, how many tricks will each girl have to turn so Rufus can pay for his $800 per day crack habit?

4. Jarome wants to cut his 1/2 pound of Heroin to make 20% more profit. How many ounces of cut will he need?

5. Willie gets $200 for stealing a BMW, $50 for a Chevy and $100 for a 4×4. If he has stolen 2 BMW’s and 3 4×4′s, how many Chevy’s will he have to steal to make $800?

Tim

February 13th, 2013

Algebra is the muslim world’s sole contribution to civilization.

Removing it from the curriculum is pure RACISM!!!!

A

February 13th, 2013

Well I was not ready in 7th grade for pre-algebra so my mom opted to put me in 7th grade math. That was a breeze, so was pre-algebra in 8th grade, so now I’m a year behind all the college bound students. So I went on acing all the math classes. Not ready remember. So Junior year I took 2 math classes to have the opportunity to take college algebra my senior year. Not ready my butt, they were just nervous I would fail so they held me back. Just like a progressive to keep you from trying, saying but you will fail if you try so take the easy course. Gee thanks Mom!

Carlos The Jackal

February 13th, 2013

Your ‘X’ met ‘Y’ and she left your sorry ass. Deal with it.

Carlos The Jackal

February 13th, 2013

Makes perfect sense, since even NASA has no use for rocket scientists anymore…

beachmom

February 13th, 2013

Maine stopped requiring algebra for 8th graders years ago. It shows. Most high school graduates have to take remedial math in college.

That costs money too. So these leftists are not only preventing future workers from getting jobs, they’re costing them more money to go to college…..if they manage to get admitted.

KF

February 13th, 2013

Math is racist

Boobie the Rocket Dog

February 13th, 2013

@ Carlos – Don’t forget the back-door man,

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Stranded in Sonoma

February 13th, 2013

@Boobie — The answer to all of your math problems is: an EBT card.

Unruly Refugee

February 13th, 2013

Common Core = Communist Core

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