by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Paul Rosu is a 11-year-old sixth-grader at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill who earned the highest score possible on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam last year. He is auditing a Differential Equation Lab math course at UNC-Chapel Hill. And, yet, he’s apparently still required to take Math I (formerly Algebra I). According to the WRAL article,
By day, Paul walks the halls of Smith Middle School like any other 11-year-old. A self-described video-gamer, he smiles and talks with friends in his Math 1 class, where they work on Algebra problems as a picture of Einstein gazes on from the front of the classroom.
Math I is a waste of this child’s time. He should have a customized mathematics curriculum that meets his unique needs.