Algebra and Geometry now required for High School graduation! What do you think?

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    I went to my daughter's orientation for incoming Freshmen at her high school. They mentioned that new standards required the completion of Algebra and Geometry for High School graduation.

    I was surprised. When I went to school we took those courses as prereqs for college. Now, my kids are all pretty good to excellent at math. One of my sons won 12th place in the State Math bowl, and is basically a math genius.

    But, what use, actually, is it for many people to know geometry and algebra? Some people struggle in math, in spite of being very capable.

    I wonder, also, if High School has not become too college-prep oriented. One of my sons went to Technical College and has done very well in the Refrigeration/Heating/Air Conditioning field, making good money. What about so many other fields of endeavor that our High Schools seem to ignore?

    What do you all think of this subject?
     
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    We had to have algebra and geometry to graduate from high school when I went...and that was in the 80s.

    Algebra and geometry apply themselves to all things. They really do. You don't realize it until you learn them, though, and I'm not good enough to explain it.
     
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    What State did you graduate in?
     
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    Oregon.
     
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    I took Algebra in the 8th grade, then took geometry in the 9th, I think. Then I took Algebra again, in h.s. this time.
     
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    I had 4 years of Algebra, and used it a lot working in Communications.

    Geometry I can see uses for all over the place. Even in the kitchen.

    How many tomatoes can we can in a quart jar...........
     
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    Computer brains are algebra incarnate.
     
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    umm i would hope its required. in good high schools calculus is taken in the senior year as well
     
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    I don't think it's required, however.
     
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    Interesting. I've taken both courses, plus in college. Algebra was useful in Chemistry. Geometry was just fun and interesting to me, like doing Sudoku.

    I graduated from a top public High School, in a wealthy, academically high achieving community in the 1970s, and Geometry and Algebra were not graduation requirements. Most people took them because they were required by colleges admissions standards.
     

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