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Rotten to the Core: Obama's War on Academic Standards (Part 1)

Mike355 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 1:21 AM
I can understand your complaints about Academic Standards being lowered by the Department of Education, but one thing I don't understand is why is Algebra has to be a Requirement for students that wish to go to College and take classes for a career that would not involve Algebra at all. Many Careers require no special Math skills other than basic Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Decimals, or Percents that are required to perform the functions of the job, yet in order to take almost any College Courses Algebra is a requirement. I believe Colleges add additional classes onto the Students so they can receive more money from Student Aid Programs, This only benefits Colleges, not the Students.
tdixon Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 9:35 AM
There are almost no college degree dependent careers that do no presume the basic understanding of Algebra. When the job says "college degree required" it might as well say, has been trained in mathematic problem solving, grammar, history, etc. as well as what their specific major. Algebra is used in everyday life in things as simply as calculating times and volumes of things used in most jobs. A college degree implies that one has that basic analytical training. Whether your degree is in film making, history, horticulture or journalism, there is a understanding that you've been trained in the basic analytical strategies of algebra. Take it out and the "universal" degree becomes more a trade certificate.
conservative_librarian Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 3:42 PM
Algebra, at the most basic level solving for X, and later Geometry (in particular logic and show-your-work-proofs) really provide the fundamental critical thinking skills that are so desperately need for both college and the workforce.
These thought processes, when combined with reading comprehension and composition (expression of ideas and development of arguments) form the foundation for post-secondary education success.
Ronald494 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 3:48 PM
Exactly right. Also the world is constantly changing, one cannot predict what will be needed in the future. Of course if you want your children limited to +_x/ by all means go ahead. There are no good jobs for these dummies even now.
jrobson Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 11:23 AM

America's downfall doesn't begin with the "low-information voter." It starts with the no-knowledge student.

For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. "Progressive" reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multicultural claptrap.

Under President Obama, these top-down mal-formers -- empowered by Washington education bureaucrats and backed...