Rebe

03-21-2013, 11:19 PM

Math is ds's weakest subject -- always has been. He doesn't "get" it and never has.

We've been using Teaching Textbooks since about 7th grade and it's been fine for him. He's done Algebra 1, Geometry, and is now doing Algebra 2.

So we went to the college he may attend and asked, what does he take for 12th grade math (because they require 4 years of math :( ). The math chair said, since he's not planning on a STEM degree, there's no point in taking pre-calculus. Ds doesn't want to take trig. Math chair suggested statistics. All I remembered from statistics in college was that it was so hard and so boring that I dropped the class after two weeks. :eyes:

I then went online and the only statistics classes I can find are college level or AP. I don't think there is any way ds can take an AP math class -- that's just not going to happen. I found suggestions on putting together my own class, too, but then I'd have to somewhat "teach" it and I can't do that.

So ... on to plan B. I checked out The Potter's School (because they have real classes in real time with real teachers) and they have something like Functions Statistics Trig, which is designed for non-math majors to take in 11th or 12th grade. I asked about it, and they said with using Teaching Textbooks, ds may not be ready for it. They suggested taking a summer Algebra Review course to prepare for this 12th grade class.

I am so confused. It seems like I'm spending an enormous amount of time and energy (and soon, money) on finding some class that ds will hate and probably not do well in, and all because he needs a 4th year of math. I'm very aggravated right now, so thanks for letting me vent.

Business math, personal finance, consumer math, etc. are all out of the question, BTW. But he's considering going to community college for two years so that they don't look at the high school transcript anymore, and just look at the college transcript. Then he'd just have to pass college algebra, somehow. The only problem with this is that we don't know that's what he'll do. He may go to this 4-year college as a freshman, in which case he needs to take the right courses next year to get in.

What would you do? Any ideas for me?

We've been using Teaching Textbooks since about 7th grade and it's been fine for him. He's done Algebra 1, Geometry, and is now doing Algebra 2.

So we went to the college he may attend and asked, what does he take for 12th grade math (because they require 4 years of math :( ). The math chair said, since he's not planning on a STEM degree, there's no point in taking pre-calculus. Ds doesn't want to take trig. Math chair suggested statistics. All I remembered from statistics in college was that it was so hard and so boring that I dropped the class after two weeks. :eyes:

I then went online and the only statistics classes I can find are college level or AP. I don't think there is any way ds can take an AP math class -- that's just not going to happen. I found suggestions on putting together my own class, too, but then I'd have to somewhat "teach" it and I can't do that.

So ... on to plan B. I checked out The Potter's School (because they have real classes in real time with real teachers) and they have something like Functions Statistics Trig, which is designed for non-math majors to take in 11th or 12th grade. I asked about it, and they said with using Teaching Textbooks, ds may not be ready for it. They suggested taking a summer Algebra Review course to prepare for this 12th grade class.

I am so confused. It seems like I'm spending an enormous amount of time and energy (and soon, money) on finding some class that ds will hate and probably not do well in, and all because he needs a 4th year of math. I'm very aggravated right now, so thanks for letting me vent.

Business math, personal finance, consumer math, etc. are all out of the question, BTW. But he's considering going to community college for two years so that they don't look at the high school transcript anymore, and just look at the college transcript. Then he'd just have to pass college algebra, somehow. The only problem with this is that we don't know that's what he'll do. He may go to this 4-year college as a freshman, in which case he needs to take the right courses next year to get in.

What would you do? Any ideas for me?