In Minnesota, new algebra requirements haunting teachers
Battle Lake Elementary math teacher Stacy Lundquist has seen the word "algebra" set off anxious thoughts of unwieldy abstractions among her students.
"Sometimes when they hear 'algebra,' they get really nervous and think, 'I can't do this,' " she said.
The Minnesota Department of Education wants students to start facing these fears sooner - and the recent push for teaching more algebra earlier is making Lundquist and her colleagues across the state slightly anxious, too.
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