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Algebra as a Civil Right (pt. 2)
Here’s our last installment, and here’s today’s, in two parts:
But for math the ACCUPLACER says ?you cannot go to college until you learn multiplication tables? ? period. It is no wonder that many 19-year olds walk out and say ?f*ck that!? and give up on college. They found their way to college, found their way through getting financial aid, got registered, arranged transportation, found the cafeteria, and yet, they are told that ?college is not for them? by a f*cking computer program. And a computer program for which there is no negotiation ? the advisors will never override the program ? the student simply needs to go home and spend the rest of their life as an unskilled worker working for low wages. This seems so unfair. I wish pundits would get more pissed about this as ?fair access? / ?social justice?.
Me, too. It’s lonely out here. And following on the heels of this:
I suggest a simple fix in the short-term and then some deeper analysis to fine-tune things.
His argument is specific to local conditions, but worth reading nonetheless.
Bob Moses (who is a one of my personal heros) and The Algebra Project.
Full post as published by Arkansawyer on August 25, 2010 ( boomark
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