In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Parallel Lines Never Meet
When is the last time you used Algebra II in your daily life? Can't remember can you and good thing because you don't remember a darn thing about the silly course, right? Well in the middle of all the hubbub in this town about the budget deficit, cutting programs and raising taxes, remerges a continuing saga on whether ordinary high school kids need Algebra II to graduate. The law on the books say they do. Rep. Joel Sheltrown (D-West Branch) says they don't. This issue has deeply fractured the education community as Sheltrown contends there is a "disconnect" between what is said in Lansing in favor of the requirement and "the reality in the field." One school superintendent tells Sheltrown 55% of his students will have trouble getting a sheep skin next year because of the mandate. Baloney retorts the governor and the state school superintendent who argue the rigors of taking this higher math course is just what the doctor ordered for kids to land a job of the future. Instead Sheltrown says teach the kids about "financial literacy" i.e. what's an ARP, what's a sub-prime mortgage, and how can you save for retirement. "This is far more practical," he contends "than higher math." Of course all the "stupid" folks who have trouble with math are going, "Go get'em Mr. Sheltrown." Others counter that students still n eed the "logic" that higher math imbeds in their heads. If that's the case then, how come nobody can remember why two parallel lines never meet? And if they have trouble meeting, let'em hire a dating service.