I think administrators who think this 'rigor' will help the lowest students should be forced to sit through a Calc III class after years of being out of college and see how they do. Then maybe they'll understand the abuse they are handing our weakest students under the guise of 'challenging' them.
-----Original Message----- From: PJ Manzo <email@example.com> To: nyshsmath <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tue, Feb 1, 2011 6:40 pm Subject: Re: urgent question that needs a response
Our school is huge, roughly 2,400 students. We have a tremendous amount of ELLs and SPEDS. Up until now, the 2 year Integrated Algebra and 2 year Geometry courses were perfect for these very low achieving students. (Mind you, some are refugees who have never been to school and can barely speak English)
We, too, have been told that starting next year only 1 year algebra and 1 year geometry will be offered. This has a lot to do with adding rigor to the school and creating a more challenging environment. I won't voice any opinions of my own on here, but I did want you to know you're not alone.
We'll just have to see what comes out of it. Either the kids with live up to the faster paced course, or... they won't.