Comment on: "New Math Standards a Hurdle for Some Students and Teachers," Dec 12, The Texas Tribune
Posted on https://www.texastribune.org/2014/12/12/new-math-standards-hurdle-some-classrooms/comments/?c=204879
School children in Texas will learn fractions in grade three, not four, and learn to use protractors in grade four, not six.
This is a step in the right direction, but if we are ever going to catch up to the Chinese, we need to get serious and put the pedal to the metal: Fractions and basic geometry should be thoroughly covered in pre-school, so kindergarten children can begin pre-calculus.
I feel, however, that kindergarten children should only be required to study differential calculus; Integral calculus and differential equations require a bit more maturity.
President, The Society for Kindergarten Kalculus