Community college students are needlessly assigned to remedial math classes to learn lessons they won’t use during their studies, according to new research from a Washington, D.C. group.Just about everyone should have facility with basic math including fractions, decimals, ratios, and linear relationships. College graduates should know more.
And the study also found that many high school graduates are not learning subjects they will need to use in their careers...
The National Center on Education and the Economy study found that first-year college math work was generally on a level they called Algebra 1.25. That means community college students would have to know most of the concepts in Algebra I, plus some geometry, statistics and other lessons.
But the study found that some students were never taught elementary-level concepts necessary for college-level work, such as geometric visualization and complex measurement.
The authors argue schools need to ensure students master elementary and middle school-level concepts, and that the more advanced subjects, such as Algebra II, are less vital.
Just five percent of workers will use the math taught in the sequence of courses typically required by K-12 schools: Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Calculus.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
What Math Do College Students Need?
I'm not one who pushes for everyone to take differential equations, but just as a college graduate should be literate, he or she should also be numerate: