On Oct 8, 2012, at 5:06 AM, Paul Tanner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Because you are tacitly claiming the utter insanity that those who > never took Algebra I or Geometry 40 years ago would have been able to > pass the Algebra I and Geometry exit exams today without ever having > studied these subjects - you are tacitly claiming the insanity that > people who never study a subject would be able to pass comprehensive > tests on that subject without ever studying it.
Where did I claim this? Why would I claim that students never taking algebra would pass algebra exams?
Regarding textbooks, I point you to probably the most popular series of the 60's and 70's, Dolciani, which includes your list of topics. Larson is good also and his series started in the 80's.
> Again: There is absolutely no comparison between the topics covered in > that Algebra 2 textbook in early 1970s in my old high school and that > Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1980s Algebra 2 textbook and the topics > covered in, say, "Algebra 2: Applications, Equations, Graphs"; Larson, > Boswell, Kanold, Stiff; McDougal Littell:
Like I said, your old high school was like some old high schools but not like other old high schools. Look at the NY Regents and then tell me things are harder now. Yes, for the kids that never planned on taking algebra in the first place, they are harder, but still a joke. For the kids that were planning on it, they are easier (not everywhere) and that is the problem.