Originally Posted by Momma_bear
This is hardly a "current fire". I started 8th grade in 1978 and I took Algebra I, French I and Earth Science for high school credit in 8th grade. The program had been in place for quite a few years by the time I entered it. This has been going on for over 30 years. This is how they dealt with kids like your daughter without having to send her to high school at age 12.
No-not all kids are ready for abstract thinking in 8th grade, but enough are ready for it that it makes sense to have these classes available to those students.
LOL, Uh....Algebra IS in 8th grade AND they still have to send kids like my daughter to high school at 12 (rather obvious because that's what they're doing
) This is NOT how they dealt with kids like my daughter. While algebra being pulled down to 8th grade was only done a few years ago here, it has been done and it doesn't solve my dd's problem. She ended up taking honors 8th grade algebra in 7th grade. She could have skipped it and gone right to 9th grade honors geometry last year but we chose to let her have a solid algebra review year to make sure she'd covered all the bases (she tested out but had never actually taken a class called algebra. She came up throught Singapore math which is algebra based. That coupled with advanced development resulted in her testing out.)
It may not be a current fire where you are but this is a recent burn here and I'm sure in many other areas. I am curious as to how it has worked in areas that made the switch long ago. I really don't see me doing well in algebra in 8th grade. I was not, developmentally, ready. I'm thinking that districts that did this long ago may have earlier cut offs for entry into school (here the cut off is December 1st.) so their students may be a bit older than ours. Here we seem to be struggling with getting, a significant percentage of, kids through Algebra II by graduation and 8th grade algebra seems to be a struggle as well.