As enrollments climb, many worry about "dumbing down" of algebra standards

08/12/2004 | USA Today

As more states require all students, not just the college-bound, take algebra, some critics charge schools are diluting the course's rigor by replacing the traditional formula-driven approach with more real-world problem-solving. Graphing calculators now enable teachers to reach students who would have taken less-challenging math courses in the past.

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