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Many college students struggle to pass remedial math. Do they need to?

“I appreciate the importance of math more than most, I believe, but I also appreciate the importance of opportunity.” Opportunity Institute founder Christopher Edley, Jr. spoke of how arbitrarily-imposed math requirements are a civil rights issue as part of the PBS NewsHour piece¬†featuring CA’s new stats and data science pathways,”if you have a policy that affects one group in a far different way, more burdens, more obstacles than other groups, then you need to have a justification for choosing that policy….the arbitrariness of imposing an algebra two hurdle is disproportionately painful to poor kids and to minority kids, the kids who are less likely to have had effective math instruction.”

 

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