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  •  We were lucky. (4+ / 0-)
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    elfling, ER Doc, vets74, flitedocnm

    My daughter's public K-8 school was quite good with many fine teachers, and her high school is also quite good.

    She has had some truly fine math teachers in her honors classes in high school, but math instruction was a real weakness in her K-8.  There was a good math teacher for the Jr. high kids, but the elementary kids were at the mercy of the classroom teachers-- some did a pretty good job with math, and others did not.

    Kids need good, solid math instruction every year.  Drop the ball for one or two years in a row, and you have a big problem on your hands.

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