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May 12, 2005

Houston schools consider dropping math and science requirements

From the Houston Chronicle:

Superintendent Abe Saavedra wants to do away with a policy that mandates three years of math and science courses for all high school students. Instead, students who pass high school-level courses in the eighth grade would get credit toward a diploma. State law requires three math and science credits to graduate.

Saavedra's proposal, which is expected to win school board approval today, runs counter to a national trend of school systems requiring students to spend more time in math and science classes before they graduate. The decision is even more curious, some education experts said, given the fact that more than two-thirds of HISD's 2004 graduates who enrolled in local community colleges last fall were required to take remedial courses.

"That policy will result in more youngsters having to take remedial math when they go on for further study," said Gene Bottoms, senior vice president of the Southern Regional Education Board and director of the High Schools that Work program. "It will also mean more students will not be able to pass employer exams that have a math component."

Tuesday I reported on a Washington student who isn't being allowed to graduate, even though she's an honor student, taking advanced math and science classes, because she lacks one P.E. credit. While she's in three different sports, her school doesn't count that toward the PE credit.

In Georgia we have Federal judges telling the schools that they cannot tell the students that science should be “approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered”

Now we have Houston schools proposing dropping all high school requirements for math and science.

...and for some strange reason people wonder why I homeschool.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 12, 2005 07:53 AM

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