When most people think of high school math, they think of algebra.
Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II . . . it seems the better part of one’s high school years involve x’s, y’s, and z’s. Not only do most students need to pass algebra in order to graduate from high school, the subject is often a critical part of the college admissions process: many standardized tests, such as the ACT, go heavy on it.
But is it smart to make students spend so much time and energy studying algebra?
A recent editorial on the New York Times argues that algebra probably isn’t necessary for most people, and it shouldn’t be a required hurdle for all students.
Click here to read more on the Times.