Multiple Pathways in High School: The Best Way Forward

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

Traversing through blogland today, I ran across a post titled “Texas Republican Workforce Commissioner: Testing is Choking the Pipeline of Skilled Workers” by Bob Sikes.   It referred to a posting on this topic by Diane Ravitch, and linked to the original story in the Longview News-Journal.

The focus of the news story, Texas Workforce commissioner representing employers, Tom Pauken, said “the longtime education focus on teaching students to pass standardized tests is having a detrimental effect on Texas’ job market.”  I agree with Mr. Pauken and extend it beyond Texas, where I once lived, to the entire United States.  My comments on Diane Ravitch’s blog post follow.


Mr. Pauken offers insightful thoughts and suggestions in his commentary. His suggestion to offer three pathways is on target, and could energize students who feel like pawns in someone else’s chess game. Providing families with full disclosure as to the pros…

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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