Yesterday Joanne published a story about how some do-gooders think that since most people don't need "higher math" we should stop compelling kids to take algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus (as if the latter two are graduation requirements anywhere). By the way, Algebra 1 isn't "higher math". Pre-pubescent teens take Algebra 1.
In my school district, seeming home of the No Crappy Idea Goes Unimplemented Act, there is consideration of changing our graduation requirements from two years of high school math to three. That means that every student would take Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3 (assuming they're at grade level), which is the functional equivalent of passing Algebra 2. In other words, our graduation requirement in math will be the entry requirement for our state university system. There's talk of making the panoply of state university entrance requirements our graduation requirements.
Does anyone out there think that all high school students are capable of university entrance standards? Anyone? Bueller?