They are pushing the kids way too fast for their ability to learn. My child is being forced to take college prep Pre-Algebra in the 6th grade when he still has a below average grade level on basic math. When I was his age you took basic math until 8th grade and then IF you were ready to move on you took Pre-Algebra, and those still struggling in basic math continue taking basic math all the way through high school if needed.

Today the school's don't care about the individual, and you move on to the next level of math with everybody else regardless of your ability. You move on to the next grade regardless of your grades. There is no holding a kid back. And because you will no longer cover basic math for the rest of your time in school all of that will soon be past history and much of it forgotten. My son who has Aspergers and attention deficit issues cant grasp algebraic equations at all, and all the new terms like intergers, rational and irrational numbers, exponents, graphing inequalities, and the rest just leaves him feeling hopeless and left behind. You may as well be speaking Chinese to him. He was trying to complete a math test last Friday and it left him with a bad migraine and he got physically sick to his stomach when he got home. He told me none of made sense to him.