Thank you for the letter, and for the considerable effort that went into it.
One additional angle worth mentioning: the number of indicators for Algebra and Algebra 2 could (should!) be reduced. If the courses had 60 - 80 indicators each, the exams would match what is taught more closely.
Unfortunately, we have write-only standards, ie, things are added, but never taken away. It is time to think about addressing some trimming. Algebra has too many non-Algebra topic. And Algebra 2 is kitchen sink, much as B was before it. I'd like to see some discussion on what could, or what should be removed. (I have my own opinions, but getting some reduction would be more important than which reduction we got).
Tuesday I was at a panel where one of the primary authors of the Common Core spoke. He addressed what they are attempting in K-8 math: reducing the number of topics to allow more in-depth study. I approached him after, and asked "what about 9-12?" He was apologetic, and said they were working on something... Perhaps a recommended curriculum? In any event, it's worth taking a look at their standards (still kitchen sinkish, but I think you can see what can be removed) http://www.corestandards.org/ and considering in advance how we could narrow topics to allow more depth in the remaining ones.
Jonathan Halabi HS of American Studies the Bronx
On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 8:46 AM, Brent Neeley <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> ** > Hello everyone, > > I hope you're all enjoying your summer. I finally finished my letter, > and it has been sent to several folks at State Ed. I've attached a copy for > all of you to see. > > Brent Neeley > Hornell HS > Hornell, NY >