anonymous18038 Wrote:
Jan 23, 2013 5:14 PM
I do understand Algebra. That's not the issue. Some kids can do Algebra at a young age and I applaud your skills. However, current brain science and psychology (some of which is pretty good) supports what I am saying. A noted psychologist named Piaget documented and confirmed these stages of learning, and school curriculum was tailored to what students were developmentally ready for. Everywhere Algebra was moved down, it was a disaster. We will still teach Algebra along the way, but most kids are not ready for it until 9th grade. (It takes emotional maturity, too, to pay attention and take responsibility for learning, which varies greatly in middle school but improves in high school.)