To the editor:
The Virginia Department of Education’s Virginia Math Pathways Initiative plans to restrict advanced math before 11th grade will waste the time and opportunity of students interested in math and STEM.
There were previous efforts to get girls into STEM and it was productive – and now that will be reversed in Virginia. I have three daughters and two are interested in STEM, and with it math, on which it is based.
This really amounts to VDOE discrimination against students interested in math or STEM. It will ill equip all students to get into good STEM programs in college and ill equip all students to get STEM jobs – which will ill equip Virginia in the STEM future.
Equality is enhanced by freedom and opportunity. Restricting academic freedom and opportunity is not good for equity. The VMPI is a discriminatory program. Taxpayers should request vouchers and opt out of public discrimination against students interested in math.
-Chris Hubbard, Alexandria