Algebra and 8’th grade…

Workout notes
Weights: 4 sets of 10 pull ups; 5-3-2 last set
rotator cuff
super set: rows (Hammer: 210, pull downs 160 (rotated grip last set), curls (pulley, 52.5) 3 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 8 x 170, 5 x 170
incline: 8 x 135, 9 x 135
seated military: 2 sets of 15 x 45 lb. dumbbell, 1 set of 10 x 70 (each arm) machine.
then: 3.16 treadmill run (10:23/19:55/28:38), played with the incline.

Not sure how I think about this. When I was in 8’th grade, only selected students took algebra. The dirty secret: the more you open up a course, the more you have to water it down. This is a “regression to the mean” effect, so perhaps not every 8’th grader should take algebra I. But I really don’t know the situation as I am too far away from it.

Social Are a higher percentage of females gay than males? Possibly; statistics seem to show that. And women and men are wired differently. This article (the one I linked to) does the usual PC blaming of males (e. g. too many male “losers”) without providing much data.

What I wonder: perhaps women are answering the survey more honestly?


February 4, 2013 - Posted by | education, human sexuality, running, social/political, weight training | ,


  1. In my town, still not every 8th grader takes algebra. And we are a fairly high achieving school district, what with Michigan Tech being the largest employer. Some kids do the Chicago Math Series (sucks) Transition Math course in one year; others in two. Then Algebra 1 in either 8th or 9th. My daughter’s chemistry teacher told her last year (10th) that of she wanted to apply to MIT (come little voational school in Boston, as my friend Mark Fenton says) she should take Calculus in 11th before she applies. So she did FST (pre-calc; i.e. functions, stats and trig) on her own over the summer and tested out in August. She has a 98 average in AP Calculus as a junior.
    My son (8th grade) is home schooling this semester (long story) so I’m having him finish up algebra 1 by watching a few on-line Khan Academy videos and I work some problems with him in the evening. For a bright kid, there is so much wasted time at school. that whole regression to mean business.

    Comment by Ray Sharp | February 4, 2013 | Reply

  2. p.s. Izzy got a perfect 80 on the math portion of the psat.

    Comment by Ray Sharp | February 4, 2013 | Reply

  3. pps. Ollie, you don’t know this about me, because I have a B.S. in Spanish and work in public health, but I got a 790 in math on the SAT and was on the high school math team, came second in the state for juniors in 1976.

    Comment by Ray Sharp | February 4, 2013 | Reply

  4. ppps. full disclosure: Kentucky. LOL

    Comment by Ray Sharp | February 4, 2013 | Reply

  5. Well, good for you and good for Izzy, and good for your son. 🙂

    Comment by blueollie | February 4, 2013 | Reply

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