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<In any subject, I feel that the actual material being covered should be monitored somehow, so that students cannot be penalized by lazy teachers who simply don't want to cover the hard stuff.>

The curriculum is seldom set by the individual instructor. In most cases it is the school board that dictates what level math will be offered, and that is often driven by cost as much as any other factor. The vast majority of teachers are not lazy, at least in my experience. There are certainly those who are, and they should be drummed out of the profession, not "ifs, ands, or buts."

Neighboring school districts often have different curricula simply because the school boards hold different values. It is unfortunate if you happen to be trapped in a district that is not setting high goals, but my experience tells me that most capable students quickly make up the lost materials once they hit the university. I agree that they should not have to, but it happens. I had a full year of the calculus in high school 40 years ago. Of course I had decided to dink around my junior year and flunk Trig, so I started out my college career at UW trying to play catch-up. In math, I never did. . .
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