Date: Jun 1, 1995 10:31 AM
Author: Herbert Kasube
Subject: Algebra in Middle School

Just a comment from my personal experience with algebra in the middle school.

My daughter attended a gifted middle school and took the equivalent of

what the high schools call Algebra 1-2 while there. She was actually

given "credit" at the high school level. Her freshman year she took

Algebra 3-4, sophomore year Geometry and during her junior year she took

a true Precalculus course with an eye on AP Calculus next year in her

senior year.

The area high schools have found this process quite successful, as far as

I can tell. A few years back they tried the more "traditional" sequence

with the incoming freshmen taking Geometry when they had credit for

Algebra 1-2 in middle school. They then took Algebra 3-4 during their

sophomore year. They found this not as successful. The feeling was (as

I heard it) that the freshmen were note mathematically mature enough for

the "theory" in geometry. With the new sequence, things have gone much

better.

Herb Kasube

Department of Mathematics

Bradley University

Peoria, IL 61625

hkasube@bradley.bradley.edu