If California adopts common core standards in math with an algebra supplemnt, the result will be unteachable, argue Bill Evers and Ze’ev Wurman, both dissenting members of the standards commission, in the Sacramento Bee.
Because of the distortions the proposed standards will cause, the Algebra I course in eighth grade will be burdened with an unteachable and unlearnable number of topics (about 70 standards in one year). Topics like the Pythagorean theorem and scientific notation (how scientists write large numbers in a simplified form using exponents) will now be taught in Algebra I. Yet these and many other algebra-prep topics have been part of pre-algebra courses both in California traditionally and in high-performing countries.
Currently 60 percent of California students take algebra in eighth grade. Under the new stndards, only the best students will be prepared to pass eighth-grade algebra, they write.