A blog for concerned math educators from across NJ with respect to the state's mathematics standards and the NJDOE math task force.
Governor Pawlenty wants Algebra to be the required eighth grade mathematics course. He objects to the common core because it does not demand that approach.
The Governor needs to read The Misplaced Math Student: Lost in Eighth-Grade Algebra as the research is clear that algebra for all eighth graders is not an appropriate nor successful path. See http://www.brookings.edu/reports/2008/0922_education_loveless.aspx