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EDUCATION: Schools need to have high standards

Letter by Sharon L. Hodgins, Lake Tapps on June 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm | No Comments »
June 21, 2013 2:23 pm

Re: “Student to miss graduation over math test” (TNT, 6-17).

The student at Clover Park High School who could not graduate with the rest of her class due to failing the state math test is the victim of a decrease in school staffing. She probably was not reminded enough that she could submit her portfolio of math work, should she fail the state test. I am glad that Clover Park will not let her graduate, but sad for her.

My own daughter, who is certified to teach math, decided to go into special education math at the high school level because some of the regular math classes are so huge that she constantly felt a sense of failure; there was no time to help a struggling student.

Great strides have been taken to improve math teaching the last few years, but there are still individuals who need extra help, which is not always possible to get except for after school.

I am proud that our state has set high standards because the rest of the developed world has, and our children will have to compete with them for jobs. Algebra and geometry are the new basic math. Most trades – electricians, carpenters, plumbers, mechanics – require math. Many jobs at Boeing require math. Even making change involves math.

To be able to do algebra and geometry builds the brain’s ability to think analytically and solve problems – a necessary skill for any kind of future job. Lastly, all present-day “zillionaires” are good in math, or were able to hire people who are math whizzes.

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