Do homeschoolers really need algebra and geometry to graduate?
I am worried about math for my 10th grade son. He has struggled in math for years. Due to some research about dyslexia in my younger son, I stumbled upon something called dyscalculia. I am wondering if my 10th grader has this and how it will effect his chances at getting into a college. My question is, do they really need algebra and geometry to graduate?
Thank you for your help,
~ Michelle in Oregon
I touched on that issue very briefly in my May homeschool newsletter.
You may get some help with my blog post on choosing math.
There are “perfect fit” colleges that don’t require a lot of math. Teaching math is important, and teaching math at your son’s level is important. It can help to choose the curriculum carefully, which is why I included the blog post above. In teenagers, their learning style and your teaching style often takes a back seat to their personal preferences – which can be quite strong in teenagers.
As far as graduation requirements go, that varies state by state, and I don’t know what your state requires. I know that there are colleges that “recommend” a certain level of math, but there is a college for every student.
My advice is to choose curricula carefully, and continue to help him at his level without quitting in math. Pursue some extra help with dyscalculia if you can find it. Here is a dyscalculia starting point for you. But then move forward boldly, because there will be a college that’s right for him.
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