Democratic Senator Virginia opposes equity push to eliminate advanced math lessons


Democratic Virginia Senator J. Chapman Petersen is one of many parents who have expressed concern about promoting new racial equality to eliminate certain Advanced Placement classes in state mathematics. curriculum..

The Virginia Mathematics Pathway Initiative (VMPI) replaces the traditional mathematical advances of the Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 courses with courses that teach so-called “essential” topics. Under this plan, all students will take the same course until grade 10, after which they will be allowed to enroll in a class that corresponds to their career plan after graduation.

The main goal of VMPI is to combat the disparity in educational outcomes between racial minorities and ethnic minorities. However, many North Virginia parents have scholarly explored all children, including racial minorities, whose new “pathways” hinder highly educated students and are designed to support the program. We are mobilizing to reject the program, claiming to discourage performance.

In a letter sent to the Secretary of Education in Virginia, Petersen argued that math pilot programs would generally lower education levels.

“Based on my own experience as a parent, not a student, in learning advanced-level math after 7th grade, I have some pressing concerns about diluting learning,” Petersen said. I am writing in a letter. National Review..

“I would appreciate a clear description of the program, without using socio-political jargon. Rather, it simply states which subject is taught when.”

Michael Chamberlain, whose child attends the Fairfax County School District, National Review This initiative limits students’ ability to access more advanced classes and reduces their chances of being accepted by higher-ranked universities.

Chamberlain, who originally moved his family to the area for strong schooling, has a long-standing competitive advantage for college admission because of its solid curriculum and consequent reputation in Fairfax County. I said that I came. Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology High School, located in Alexandria, Virginia, was ranked number one public high school in the United States. US News and World Report’s List for 2020.

“It could be all of this,” Chamberlain said.

Kim Putens, a parent of high school students in Fairfax County and undergraduates at the University of Virginia, also finds it difficult for students to distinguish themselves as applicants to elite universities in the federation, such as UVA and William University, due to new policies. I’m afraid to be. And Mary choose a rigorous math course load.

Putens said high schools in Virginia now allow students to choose to take advanced classes. She is worried that the new policy will eliminate this option for students who rank higher in math.

“Every child in HS should have the opportunity to self-select and push themselves higher. The best thing Fairfax County did was self-selection at the high school level,” she said. ..

Regarding the mission of educational equity, Putens believes that the program does not solve the problem.

“This fair conversation is a farce. The most unfair thing you can do is keep your children out of school and give them the opportunity to get promoted,” Putens said.

In an interview, Putens urged Virginia to consider choosing a school as a way to increase the impartiality of the school system.

“Do they want to be more equitable? School choices need to be at the table now. The District of Columbia has it. Due to policy mistakes in the 1980s and 1990s, children in resource-depleted areas I learned that I was deprived of my rights. “

Chamberlain also expressed the view that achieving fairness by bringing people top-down rather than bottom-up is wrong.

“This year has been surreal. We had to fight for a year to get the kids into the school building. It’s all about STEM and opening them up to science and math. Now we want to make a fool of math. None of it makes sense, “Putens said.

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