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  •  Why "personal finance" is not offered in so many (0+ / 0-)

    (if not most) public schools: It is not college-bound learning.  The Algebra-Geometry-Algebra II-pre-Calculus-Calculus AP sequence is enshrined in the American junior and senior high school now.  It's part of the fast-lane to college.

    The typical American high school is orientated towards serving those who will go to college.  That is why other programming options, particularly career classes, have disappeared or have been farmed out to cooperatives or regional centers.

    The Tutoring Room is updated (new diary) on Wed. mornings. 3/4: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/3/4/82116/46364/311/704472

    by algebrateacher on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 07:32:33 PM PST

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    •  And what do you think about that? (1+ / 0-)
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      I ask for your personal opinion.

      As an English teacher and college graduate myself, I find it a whole combination of troubling. On the one hand I want students to enjoy a college experience. On the other, I realize it isn't appropriate for all students, and for a variety of reasons. Some people do better with the discipline of a job. Others need more time to finish developing (sometimes I think the homo sapiens latency period is slowly extending.) Still others have family issues that might require attention, and there is absolutely no reason people always have to do things in the same rigid, lockstep order.

      In the same vein, that sequence of classes IS important. Is it good to change it? Might students be better served by the development of a curriculum which uses financially-based real-life examples to demonstrate mathematical concepts?

      •  Somewhere, somehow, sometime, it has to be ok to (1+ / 0-)
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        say a student can graduate high school without a plan to attend college.  That does not rule out trade schools and such; I am thinking of four-year academic colleges.

        But it's not going to happen as long as there is a theme that if young people don't go to college, they are somehow less than those who do.

        The sequence for college is fine, but if a student wants to go off those rails and on to a different destination, we have to say that's o.k.

        We just don't.

        The Tutoring Room is updated (new diary) on Wed. mornings. 3/4: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/3/4/82116/46364/311/704472

        by algebrateacher on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 07:55:51 AM PST

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