Requiring four years of high school math
My colleague, Childs Walker, writes today about the push by the University of Maryland system to require all its entering freshmen to have had four years of high school math. The move would, of course, eventually encourage the state to make four years of math a high school graduation requirement.
There's a growing consensus among state and national education leaders that all high school students should have to pass an Algebra II course before they graduate. The new university system requirement would also mean top students wouldn't be able to drop math after they have finished an AP calculus course in their junior year. University professors argue that students who haven't taken math in their senior year come to college with rusty math skills.