Re "International program grows in local schools" (Editorials, Dec. 7): Less than 10 years ago, middle schoolers were learning Algebra II. Now, they are learning trigonometry, along with how they should survive with our growing technological world.
My question is, why? Why are we rushing our students to learn more? Middle school students are at the age to grow -- to meet new friends, to explore their talents. They should not be overwhelmed and stressed out about homework. In an attempt to meet these high criteria, schools as early as junior high are offering rigorous academic programs. Sure, this may seem like a good plan for students enrolled in these schools, but are students truly gaining anything?
Many times parents ignore the feelings and opinions of their children, so rather than choosing to be in these honor programs, they are forced into them. Students have no choice but to compromise. Does anyone else see the problem here?
-- Jannie Yu, Sacramento