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Topic: alternative math classes
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Re: alternative math classes
Posted: Nov 15, 1996 2:22 PM
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>Hello. Recently, Shaler Area High School did away with offering
>"general" math classes to students who have problems in math.
>Instead, we are offering Business Math, Algebra 1 (which is separated
>into two 1-year course - Algebra 1 part 1 the first year, and Algebra
>1 part 2 the second year), and Applied Geometry. The students need
>three credits to graduate, but some of the students find it very
>difficult to get through the Algebra and Geometry classes.
>Therefore, we are looking for suggestions on an alternative math
>course that could be offered. Math for Daily Living, or what? Also,
>what texts are used for these courses? Thank you for your input.
> Becca Schuler

I am very sorry to hear that you are considering this. Comfort with the
basics of algebra has become a necessary skill, and has been recognized as
such by the NCTM, by Bob Moses (who regards it as an extension of the civil
rights struggle of the 60's), and by schools across the country, including
your own.

Our local district also has a two-year algebra course for these students,
but it does not consist simply of an extended version of the regular
algebra course. It is different, but it is still algebra. Being in a
university math department I don't know the details, but I'm sure other
people on this list know about similar courses. It would be interesting to
hear about them.

Judy Roitman | "Glad to have
Math, University of Kansas | these copies of things
Lawrence, KS 66045 | after a while."
913-864-4630 | Larry Eigner, 1927-1996

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