OK, this may be old news to many, but I didn’t know about that until now!

The school district’s current sequence of math courses makes Algebra 1 a ninth-grade course, even though private schools and many other public school districts offer students the option of taking algebra in middle school, putting them on a track to take calculus senior year.

Frustrated parents have accused the district of dumbing down math, leaving advanced students bored and behind their peers enrolled elsewhere. Parents petitioned the district last year, submitting more than 1,000 signatures to restore Algebra I to the middle school curriculum.

WTF is this? They should have taught that in primary schools! I need to plan my escape route out of SF now…

I took calculus at 10th grade. Don’t remember trigonometry or geometry. But that was in Hong Kong. All the other kids do the same. I am not in a gifted class or anything like that…

What do they teach in algebra 1? Something like 2X = 4 what is X? Or do they solve linear equations?

Algebra should be middle school level math. Maybe they set it for ninth grade to baby the teenagers. I remember I was bored out of my mind in that class.

8th algebra
9th geometry
10th algebra II
11th stats and trig
12th calculus

This is what happens with no child left behind. They have to dedicate more resources to kids that struggle. The gifted kids get stuck taking normal classes.

You know I am the biggest Fab 7x7 cheerleader there is, and I don’t know why the heck you moved up here (yes, chinese immersion school if I recall correctly). But I understand your SO likes it here too, so I guess you like it here too…

One of my friends took eight years of Chinese school. She can write her name in Chinese, but that’s about it. It’s like people in Asia trying to learn English, doesn’t really work. At the end of the day it comes down to whether the kid has the desire to learn the language or not.

Although my kid is not in chinese immersion program, her school has one. Until 5th grade, they teach both chinese and english 50:50. In middle school, they have special chinese class and social study in chinese. Rest of classes are just regular english classes.
Whenever i visit clip room on open house day, i am always very impressed by how good their english writing is. Average standard test score for clip kids is slightly higher than neighborhood kids although the test doesn’t include any chinese.
Chinese moms are certainly outperforming.