Date: Feb 20, 1995 7:30 AM
Author: Karen Dee Michalowicz
Subject: NCTM - Re: Doubling Up on Math Classes
According to Ed Wall:

>

> Question: Some high schools are recommending that students that do well

> in Algebra I (i.e. A students) double up next year (i.e the sophmore

> year) and take Geometry and Algebra II so that they can take Calculus by their

> senior year. Is this a reasonable thing to recommend?

>

> I am somewhat dubious about the utility of taking Calculus the senior year,

> but I wonder just what the math classes are like at these schools. I

> would hope that Geometry and Algebra II alone offered sufficient challenge to

> even the best student. Certainly the material that COULD be covered is more

> than sufficient for such a challenge.

>

Unfortunately, our university admissions offices are telling

our students that it is very important to have calculus in high

school. Therefore, if two students are candidates for

admission to XYZ University, and they are equally qualified,

the student with calculus will usually be accepted.

Our independent school group in the Washington, D.C. area wrote

a position paper on this. We feel that a discrete math course

or such

would be more profitable than taking calculus as a senior.

Yet, our position doesn't do any good if the university admissions

office uses calculus as a weight for admission.

Many of our independent school students do not double

up but take geometry over the summer after freshman year.

I believe doubling up to be very difficult. If the student

didn't take algebra in 8th grade, it will probably be very

difficult to take two courses in one year.

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Cheers!

Karen Dee

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