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Virginia moving to eliminate all
accelerated math courses before 11th
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Posted By: OhioNick, 4/23/2021 4:29:23 AM

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is moving to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade, effectively keeping higher-achieving students from advancing as they usually would in the school system. Loudoun County school board member Ian Serotkin posted about the change via Facebook on Tuesday. According to Serotkin, he learned of the change the night prior during a briefing from staff on the Virginia Mathematics Pathway Initiative (VMPI).

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Reply 1 - Posted by: KatieJo 4/23/2021 4:40:49 AM (No. 764214)
Apparently the children aren't dumb enough, but more importantly, we wouldn't want anybody to over achieve, somebody else might feel bad. We are doomed. I will say it again, my kid would not be in these public indoctrination centers. I can't believe we are paying for this.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: PChristopher 4/23/2021 5:18:06 AM (No. 764234)
Is Ebonics going to be the mandatory language in schools now?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: 5 handicap 4/23/2021 5:42:48 AM (No. 764243)
Failure the the only reasonable result when "equity of outcome" is prioritized over excellence!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: franq 4/23/2021 5:58:42 AM (No. 764249)
Part of the NCGA* Act. *No Child Gets Ahead
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Reply 5 - Posted by: chumley 4/23/2021 6:09:09 AM (No. 764255)
If everyone cant be smart, lets make everyone equally dumb. Yeah. Thats a recipe for success.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 4/23/2021 6:23:36 AM (No. 764272)
Good that we don't need math for anything.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Jerseyden 4/23/2021 6:32:20 AM (No. 764279)
At least the smart kids will be able to say they have empathy for the slow learners since they to have been ‘left behind.’ From some classes.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: NancyD 4/23/2021 6:49:38 AM (No. 764291)
Example of the "Race to the bottom" that Rush was always talking about. I miss him...
44 people like this.

Reply 9 - Posted by: thethirdruffian 4/23/2021 6:58:53 AM (No. 764297)
Takeaway: ad Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Burgeron” ( the one with the handicapper in chief) to dystopian stories coming true. 1984, Animal Farm, Brave New World. We’ve picked the worst of each and combined them.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Calvinesq 4/23/2021 7:15:25 AM (No. 764303)
Dumming it down to make it equitable. Making everyone poor to make it equitable is the next step.
23 people like this.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 4/23/2021 7:28:15 AM (No. 764309)
I’m thinking this was a message straight from China to Joe .... on his bat phone.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Words have Meaning 4/23/2021 7:41:06 AM (No. 764317)
Virginia moving to eliminate all accelerated math courses. Good idea I say. They are just not ready.If they don't know how to get a photo ID,get to the polls, how to fill-out a ballot, or even how to get high speed internet...let's not push the little cherubs too far,too fast.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Newtsche 4/23/2021 8:17:31 AM (No. 764360)
You can't feel bad about not qualifying for a program that doesn't exist. No one will notice you don't qualify for a program that doesn't exist. Win/Win
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Venturer 4/23/2021 8:19:20 AM (No. 764364)
A certain race which will remain unnamed has a problem with American History so we do away with it. They have trouble with English so we adopt their words and phrases, and we stop teaching spelling and cursive and teach them to print. They have a problem with math so we change it to the new math and stop teaching those with the ability to learn. Is reaching equity worth wasting the efforts of stand out scholars? I guess it is to some people.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 4/23/2021 8:34:57 AM (No. 764376)
Another argument for home-schooling or private schools.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: lakerman1 4/23/2021 8:41:08 AM (No. 764389)
There are differences in levels of achievement in the language arts, between blacks and whites. Those differences can probably be explained by language use at home, ebonics, limited functional vocabulary. Math is a different matter. I believe math can be learned without understanding a word of the language, if one understands symbols. Home environment would not have much to do with the deficit. Perhaps President George W. Bush was correct, when he talked about the 'soft bigotry of low expectations.'
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Reply 17 - Posted by: MickTurn 4/23/2021 8:43:57 AM (No. 764392)
There are to be NO smart students in our FORCED INDOCTRINATION Agenda!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: EQKimball 4/23/2021 8:49:08 AM (No. 764399)
The University of California will no longer require entrance exams. Some school district here have eliminated all AP courses as being detrimental to the self esteem of minorities, who are less competitive in academics.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: reefdiver 4/23/2021 8:51:29 AM (No. 764406)
"Equity" means that everyone fails.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Krause 4/23/2021 9:10:05 AM (No. 764438)
Just give all black students all A's. That will solve the problem.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: swarfer 4/23/2021 9:12:25 AM (No. 764441)
Many years ago I attended Virginia public schools and took advanced classes including calculus. My advanced group accounted for less than 5% of the graduating class. That began my career journey in engineering. To this day I marvel at the excellent education I received, better than two years at most community colleges today. Nothing you can do now but move away. I did.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: paral04 4/23/2021 9:15:21 AM (No. 764450)
Brilliant! Hold everybody who is bright back because some bureaucrat thinks minorities are not smart enough to take these courses. Hold insulting.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: cartcart 4/23/2021 9:25:05 AM (No. 764465)
Barbie used to say, “arithmetic is hard!” Now all the kids will say that. I see some private math centers popping up along with summer classes to teach real history. Kids can pick up grievance classes on social media for free.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: wilarrbie 4/23/2021 9:34:13 AM (No. 764477)
None may shine, for it offends the darkness.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 4/23/2021 9:34:35 AM (No. 764480)
To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, "They would rather that the dumb were dumber, provided that the smart were less smart."
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Reply 26 - Posted by: smokincol 4/23/2021 9:43:23 AM (No. 764489)
that's the neat thing about communism, everybody, except the chosen ones, gets equally stupid and is forced to stay at their societal level and not allowed to rise above where they are. I am in fear of the life my grand-children are looking at in the future. there will be some sort of retribution in the future just like every generation in the past that had its day to speak its mind but the communators will make sure the exceptional serfs of the society will never be allowed to think or speak about their ideas that run counter to the prevailing communist dogma.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: hershey 4/23/2021 9:49:00 AM (No. 764502)
Dumbing down our chillin' ain't they????
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Reply 28 - Posted by: bpl40 4/23/2021 10:08:15 AM (No. 764524)
If intellect based sorting is permitted early on, one group will be MIT bound, the other to the Planet of the Apes. Holy principle of equity cannot permit that. The key point is now they don't even feel compelled to hide it.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: The Remnants 4/23/2021 10:16:53 AM (No. 764537)
American Exceptionalism - NOT
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Reply 30 - Posted by: StrikingViking 4/23/2021 10:24:04 AM (No. 764544)
Time to re-read Kurt Vonnegut's "Welcome to the Monkey House." It portrays a dystopian future in which the State gives its citizens handicaps commensurate with their talents. The result is a society in which everyone is equal in their abilities. Kurt meant to dramatize the difference between the Right's ideal of equal opportunity and the Left's ideal of equal achievement.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 4/23/2021 10:38:24 AM (No. 764565)
I predict that the so called inequality will increase, high achievers will still achieve but the lower achievers will now have less of a chance to move up. Remember things liberal always do the opposite to their stated purpose. Also the schools for the elite will be unaffected.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: bigfatslob 4/23/2021 10:40:04 AM (No. 764567)
Let's all be equally stupid. Can't have the blacks learning what the whites, Asians and Hispanic advance to. Bring all of them down to the ebonics and outcome based level 2+2=7, close enough. New math problem, ten birds sit on a wire, nine fly off, how does the tenth bird feel? See how simple it is. Purposely denying advanced education should be a crime. Maybe there are no teachers for advanced studies because they are all dumb down stupid too. Unions, the teachers need time off to go protest with BLM.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: jacksin5 4/23/2021 10:52:54 AM (No. 764588)
The Idiocracy accelerates.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: Sully 4/23/2021 11:06:35 AM (No. 764619)
This is ignorant and racist and the same thinking that led to the USAA stating foolishly that Black servicemen couldn't be pilots. Then Eleanor Roosevelt joined a black pilot in the skies to demo how stupid was that thinking. Where is the Roosevelt of today who will step in and demonstrate that black children given proper instruction can soar high as well?
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Reply 35 - Posted by: NamVet70 4/23/2021 11:09:53 AM (No. 764627)
It looks like public education is doomed. The only children with a chance to succeed will be those with parents who can home school them well or can afford a privately financed education in a carefully selected school.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: Marzon 4/23/2021 11:16:12 AM (No. 764639)
This is much worse even than implied by the headline. This isn't just eliminating advanced courses, this is massively watering down the entire curriculum. Standard courses like Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry are being replaced with "Foundational Concepts" and "Essential Concepts" which will be repeated continually from early grades until at least Junior year. This is how they will push out the requirement to learn basic skills like multiplication and division into high school and redefine things like fractions as "Advanced Concepts" which will soon be no longer be graduation requirements and presto! the grades and the graduation rate goes up and the work required of teachers goes down! When the kids who have passed through such schools have kids of their own they won't even see anything wrong with it. And you have successfully created a more ignorant, more easily controlled populace.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: joew9 4/23/2021 11:21:21 AM (No. 764644)
What's the point of educating the high achieving children? They are just facing a life of unemployment as they get replaced by H1-Bs anyway. And by not educating the high achieving children they don't become engineers and that gives the rich oligarchs the excuse that there aren't enough engineers so there is a need for even more H1-B's. In fact there is a shortage of engineers - a shortage of engineers who will work for minimum wage that is. That's what the oligarchs actually mean when they say there is a shortage.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: NYbob 4/23/2021 12:27:53 PM (No. 764715)
This is only possible because of a majority of apathetic, stupid and lazy parents. Now, because of them, all families get subpar schools that they have to pay for. If you don't get involved and push back, they will destroy you and your child's future. The first clue for anyone wondering about the school district they might move to is, how many parking spaces are there for school meetings?
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Reply 39 - Posted by: DVC 4/23/2021 12:43:30 PM (No. 764738)
Not enough blacks can hack the advanced CANCEL IT!
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Reply 40 - Posted by: Newtsche 4/23/2021 1:00:57 PM (No. 764769)
Here's some math, the lowest common denominator.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: Zeek Wolfe 4/23/2021 1:13:31 PM (No. 764788)
A certain large group of students have average IQs between 85 and 88. Mathematics is not a strong point for them. Therefore, all math classes for other, smarter students must be dumbed down. At least we know the rules.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: The Remnants 4/23/2021 1:18:31 PM (No. 764796)
I remember some D.C. pundit (whose name I can't remember) used to rave about China. Is China going to eliminate all advanced math classes for students prior to the 11th grade? Of course, when the Virginian students get to the 11th grade, they won't have done the ground work to prepare them for junior and senior year classes in any difficult STEM courses, and so they will be ill-prepared for any complicated classes in science, technology, engineering or math classes in college. Sounds like a continuation on the path to make America second or maybe third or fourth.
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Reply 43 - Posted by: Ribicon 4/23/2021 1:56:41 PM (No. 764830)
Maff be hard, and racist. Rework it to be useful in real life. "Tyquan am have fo crack rocks, and he sell two to Raykeem. How many crack rock am have have leff?"
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Reply 44 - Posted by: Luandir 4/23/2021 2:34:37 PM (No. 764863)
What a great day for China!
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Reply 45 - Posted by: or gate 4/23/2021 2:52:04 PM (No. 764883)
India have smart workers.
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Reply 46 - Posted by: David Key 4/23/2021 4:44:08 PM (No. 764979)
talk about dumbing down
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Reply 47 - Posted by: gramma b 4/24/2021 2:49:59 AM (No. 765323)
Just like Harrison Bergeron.
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Millions of Americans are not getting the second doses of their Covid-19 vaccines, and their ranks are growing. More than five million people, or nearly 8 percent of those who got a first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, have missed their second doses, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is more than double the rate among people who got inoculated in the first several weeks of the nationwide vaccine campaign. Even as the country wrestles with the problem of millions of people who are wary about getting vaccinated at
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