Saturday, March 04, 2006

And I Did It All In My Head :-)

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!


Doug said...

Me too, Darren. And I'm an English teacher. Though I will admit to guessing on the average, median, mode, standard deviation question. But I guessed correctly.

At any rate, this just solidifies my agreement with you that algebra is not an unreasonable requirement for high school graduation. I also don't think calculus is an unreasonable requirement for a college degree-in any discipline. I didn't need calculus for my major, but considered changing to engineering. So I took the first two quarters (I was at a UC). It absolutely wrecked me, but I got through it-and learned I would not make a good engineer :-).

If nothing else, it taught me what it's like to really struggle with a subject-something I had never done before. I don't think it's asking too much of our best and brightest to have a rudimentary understanding of advanced math.


rightwingprof said...

mode? They're doing stats in junior high now?

Darren said...

Just the definitions of mean, median, and mode, Rightwingprof, how to find/calculate them and which one might be preferable in a given situation.

Nothing extreme. No bell curves in junior high!

Nick Lopez said...

Pssh, that's nothing special. I did, too.

Darren said...

Pssh me again, Nick, and you'll take your next quiz all in your head! :-)