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# Kids doing all the math ahead over the Summer

Original post made by amaninpaloalto on Jun 18, 2007

what do we all think about Palo Alto Kids being put through math classes (matching exactly next years cirriculum) ahead of time during the Summer Vacation.

Yes - less than one week after school ends - The real work starts in the Math batttle for A+s in the schools

The schools i believe have a don't ask don't tell policy - it helps the scores overall and Math is so important - much more than say French - which is being cancelled by Paly this year. They dropped German too.

Let me ask you all - Is it Ethical work through the entire cirriculum in Math (somewhat secretly i might add) during the summer?

Comments

on Jun 18, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Not sure if this is what you are talking about, but this was one experience....

Daughter didn't do any of the extra challenge homeworks in math in 6th grade and was not put in top lane, even when we asked. She then performed very well in 7th grade and was recommended for the 7th grade bridge class. On the day of the final exam, the teacher messed up the timing and daughter didn't have time to completely finish the exam. She failed the course by 1% (got 89%) and she needed 90% to get into the better lane. Consequently, she had to repeat the course as regular 8th grade math even to the extent of having the exact same homework and assignments during the year. She was given no more challenge than the rest of the class and was consequently bored right through 8th grade. She worked well in high school, even to the extent of doing an AP class, but she felt really cheated being forced to give up four weeks of summer.

on Jun 18, 2007 at 9:07 pm

Aman - I'm not quite sure what you are describing. Are kids being forced to take math by the school? Or are they volunteering to do it? Or being told by their parents to do it?

If anybody wants to do math (or something else) over the summer, I imagine they could do worse. Maybe a little overkill just prepping for next year's math, but maybe it will free up time for other pursuits during the school year. If parents are pushing it, I suppose that's their business, just as with parents who push sports, or music, or even camping (you should hear my kids complain about that last one).

If the school is "making" them - that seems not right - but not sure how that would work...

Fred

on Jun 18, 2007 at 9:38 pm

The people who are pushing their kids ahead a grade by using this approach...won't be the ones reading these posts.

Understand - they are teaching the exact math ciriculum - one grade ahead over the summer

There is no other summer class like it

Its great for grades though !

Saratoga High Scandal was over this