> > Now for some observations. > 1) As illustrated in the topics covered by Japanese lower secondary > students (7th, 8th, 9th grade US equivalents), _all_ Japanese 9th graders > will have covered the equivalent of algebra and geometry before upper > secondary school in a fairly traditional, yet rigorous, manner.
Moreover, they do not offer separate 'algebra' and 'geometry' classes. It is interesting that we seem to be stuck on this idea of offering 'algebra' and/or 'geometry' courses. I believe we do students disservice when we compartmentalize mathematics.