Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Should We Drop Algebra For All As High School requirement?

A professor emeritus at Queens College in New York has a problem with the hurdle that algebra classes poses to many students:

“One out of 5 young Americans does not graduate from high school. This is one of the worst records in the developed world.
Why? The chief academic reason is they failed ninth-grade algebra,” said political scientist Andrew Hacker, author of “The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions.”
As such, Professor Hacker is making the argument that basic algebra should not be a graduation requirement for high schoolers.
He goes on to claim that only 5 percent or fewer jobs require the use of algebra or other higher math skills. However, just a few of the jobs that use algebra include:

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