Trig Could FOIL Graduation in Ohio

Algebra II will now become a high school graduation requirement in Ohio:

http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/80682312.html

Let’s face it: we all went to high school with people that would have no chance of passing higher level math classes.  Is denying these young people the society entry high school diploma really a good idea?  Its not like being able to combine binomials is generally necessary to succeed in life.  I’m all for imparting as much wisdom as possible to our students, and I deplore the dumbing down of a lot of things in society.  Certainly those planning to go onto college will need Algebra II, if not Calculus.  But I don’t think we should be requiring high level math just to pass high school.

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