Few parents of elementary school students are thinking about high school advanced placement options. Unfortunately, class placement as early as 4th or 5th grade may have a profound impact on a child’s ability to eventually take advanced placement classes in high school.
This is the first of a series of articles to explain accelerated math options to parents. This installment will explain the math options available in most NJ public schools and how elementary school math placement determines a child’s high school options.
Just for kicks, I threw up a volume of revolution problem on the whiteboard in the lunch room when I came in Friday morning. As the girls from Fundamentals of Research filtered in I was pleased to see them drawn to the puzzle. I watched in amusement as they made the problem so much more complex than it really was. It wasn’t the Calculus that stumped them but the failure to recognize simple things: the radius was equal to y which was proportionate to x. They solved it before going to class so I gave them another: could they apply the method of slicing to derive the equation for the volume of a pyramid?