xenopeek wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:09 pm
I was talking about what you may call middle school / junior high school (ages 12-14). In middle school we only had mandatory classes back then and chemistry was part of it IIRC. I got to select which classes to take in high school.
I live in Florida. Our state educational results are towards to bottom of all states.
That said, things have changed over the years. We're still meh as far as educational quality is concerned, but we have upped our standards. I went to high school from 1986 - 1990, and when I enrolled, you needed four years of English, three of math, and two of science. By the time I graduated, I believe they'd upped the requirements twice, and so you had to have four years of all three.
I've never definitively been able to pin the cause down, but I have pretty significant comprehension and functional problems with math. It's actually kind of odd, since generally I'm pretty good at both abstract and analytical reasoning. I've always had problems keeping up with math class instruction, and when it comes to carrying out math problems (stuff above basic arithmetic) I can exhaust the number of things I can keep track of pretty easily, meaning I very quickly lose the plot, and with it the ability to understand or perform the problem. My range has increased with age, which leads me to believe there has been a cognitive stages of development component to it, but I still have issues.
In high school (9th - 12th grades) the highest I ever was able to complete was Algebra I. I had to drop out midway through Geometry because I just couldn't absorb and comprehend the materials. All throughout the K-12 process, especially from probably 4th or 5th grade on, I regularly struggled to be able to complete tests within the time allocated (50-60 minutes). In fact, where most students I knew took Pre-Algebra their first year of high school, I took General Math, followed by Pre-Algebra (which I failed and had to take in summer school), then Algebra I, which was all I was technically required to take, and I passed it with basically a C-. My idiot guidance counselor "suggested" I take Geometry, which as I already said I had to drop out before the teacher was forced to fail me. If I had been required to take higher level math classes, I don't know if I would have graduated from high school. I certainly would have been in there as an adult.
That is part of why I didn't pursue higher level science classes (apart from having no particular interest in them or need for them). I struggled to get through General Science and Biology I.