The Palo Alton High School math department has put their foot down. They are fighting back against a new proposal that will require a student to pass Algebra II in order to graduate, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
The teachers agree with a number of the requirements, including taking three years of math. However, they do not think that making Algebra II a necessity is realistic, as not every student is capable of passing it, according to the media outlet.
The Palo Alto high school math department chair, Radu Toma, believes that it is not impossible that the students will be able to achieve this, but it is a gamble.
"The educational system in our country is littered with grandiose initiatives or policies that failed because the bar was set unrealistically high," Toma told the news source. "Making this huge jump is not going to better our kids' math education."
According to the California Department of Education, high school students who are interested in attending a California public university are already required to complete the freshman admission course requirements while in high school.