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I was very, very disappointed to see that national math scores have plateaued, and not at 100%. This is the first time that scores have not improved since 2000. It sad to see that the same country that touts its imany advancements in science and technology is no longer producing young people who will take the reins. We need to know math, not just for test scores or equations in science, but for everyday life. I am an electronics technician (Associates in Electronics plus 10 years experience) and was appalled when I found out that some school were reducing pi to 3. Pi is equal to 3.141 at the very least for electronics equations. I would think in physics the number of decimal places should be more, but I am not a physicist and it's been a long time since physics class. The idea that we are dumbing down our grade school classes is horrifying. It's my assertion that grade school should be the more intensive education because young people are more receptive to learning.
I have never claimed to be an expert in any area, but I feel that we are going about education in the wrong way. Not every child learns at the same rate at the same age. In other words, we lump all of our 6 year olds in one class and expect them all to learn the same way. This is not correct and can be easily proven by looking at objective test scores throughout one year. Also, this "cookie-cutter" education system assumes that every child will go into the same direction of study from early. It's only in high school that education branches out and allows for different paths.
No, I don't believe in the Aldous Huxley, Brave New World model for society that one group of school children will become Alphas, that is the top of the heap while the largest segment will be Epsilons, the service and menial laborers. I do believe that different kids learn at different rates and those differences should be accomodated. This does not mean that one kid is "dumber" than any other, but that it may take them longer to learn a concept. This also does not mean that the rate will be this way throughout the child's life. It is possible for a child to be a "slow-starter" in grade 1 and be at the head of the class by grade 3, 6 or 8.
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