Date: Feb 16, 1995 2:11 PM
Author: roitman@oberon.math.ukans.edu
Subject: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
>Does anyone know of any research dealing with the sequence of Algebra I,

>Geometry, Algebra II? I received a letter from a teacher in our state

>wondering if there was any research to support 9th students lack of

>matuirty to be successful in geometry. It appears form the letter that

>there school has 8th grade algebra, followed by geometry for 9th grade.

>Her question was would it be better to have the students take Algebra II

>in 9th grade and save geometry for 10th grade?

>

>

>later.....

>

>Linda Coutts e-mail address: lcoutts@bigcat.missouri.edu

>Coordinator Elementary Mathematics

>Columbia Public Schools Voice: (314) 886-2233

>1206 E. Walnut St FAX: (314) 886-2078

>Columbia, MO 65201

This message resonates with a discussion on the geometry forum about

readiness. To summarize quickly for nctm-l folks, Lou Talman suggested

that some sort of neurological readiness might be necessary for certain

things in math, there was a lot of discussion/disagreement/agreement, and

the latest was a message from John Conway whose first paragraph is:

" I'm a bit worried about this "not neurologically ready" business.

The time when someone is neurologically ready to learn something

is just whatever time works! If a teacher refrains from exploring

some ideas because the teacher has read that students of such-and-such

an age aren't neurologically ready for them, there's a very real risk

of loss."

So Linda raises a question of interest to both lists. I've asked Annie

Fetter, the person who runs the geometry forum lists and, now, nctm-l, to

tell us how to access the geometry discussion digest.

I have another question -- what is this geometry that kids may/may not be

ready for? And what is this algebra ditto?

Welcome back everyone!

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Judy Roitman, Mathematics Department

Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66049

roitman@math.ukans.edu

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