I have a question for anyone who is interested. I was pondering this for awhile. Why do you suppose it's important (or maybe not that important) for children to pass all subjects before going to the next grade? I don't mean this to sound stupid, here is what I mean. In high school I struggled with algebra a great deal. I had to take it three times in college as well in order to pass and get my degree. I want to know why the heck I needed to pass when I don't even use it a single minute in my life in the first place!?! I considered it a waste of my time, and still do. And no, I don't feel I achieved anything more by finally reaching the goal. It's not that I think it's not important for students to be well rounded and know certain things to prepare them for life, but in some situations, I strongly believe that there are certain subjects that shouldn't be pushed on kids to pass/take in order to graduate unless they are that interested. Can anyone give me a good reason to think differently?