Re Soft-Headed on Schools

Letter to the Editor
The New York Post
(Not published)

By Elizabeth Carson
December 18, 2005

To the editor:

What math courses the Regents may want most students to study in high school is irrelevant to the standard actually set for all our students, which is quite low.

Passing an Algebra I exam is all that is required for graduation, nothing more. Two-thirds of NY students can't reach that standard.

Its going to take far more systemic change by the Regents than a new Algebra I exit exam for all and new more ambitious (and optional) advanced high school state standards for some, to fix the crisis in our state's math instruction.

More rigorous and college preparatory math programs and curriculum must be instituted in the foundation years (grades K- 8) prior to high school.

Elizabeth Carson

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