ERIC Number: ED501786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
The Building Blocks of Success: Higher-Level Math for All Students. Achieve Policy Brief
High schools may still be anchored to 20th century expectations, but what are the critical guideposts for a 21st century high school education? There are many specific skills and competencies that young people will need to succeed, but more than particular skills, they will need the cognitive capacity to educate themselves throughout their entire lives. Young people need the ability for complex reasoning and the self-confidence to apply it in new situations. These are precisely the skills that are developed in higher-level mathematics courses, beginning with the foundational Algebra I and extending beyond Algebra II, in which students begin to use abstract reasoning to solve complex problems. Since higher-level mathematics is the foundation for success in college and careers, we must change the way we approach mathematics and understand the importance of higher-level mathematics for all students. This paper explores the intellectual and practical benefits to all students of taking higher-level mathematics courses, through and beyond Algebra II, or its equivalent, during high school.
Descriptors: High School Students, Mathematics Skills, Thinking Skills, Self Esteem, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Abstract Reasoning, Algebra, Vocational Education, High Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematical Logic, Advanced Courses
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc.