Comment: Yes, algebra is necessary

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Yes, algebra is necessary

I love how this "writer and social scientist" thinks he has an inside track on science and mathematics education. Idiot.

Yes, students need algebra. If they are ever going to have a job that requires them to make a presentation involving numbers of any kind, they need algebra.

So you say I'm biased because I'm a physicist. I say that's bull. Algebra is more than polynomials and factoring. It's the foundation of logical analysis. The United States is already far behind other developed nations in math and science, and you want to remove one of the most necessary aspects of mathematics? Ridiculous.

I suppose that if they're worried about students failing it, they can divide students into two groups: "future citizens" and "future janitors". Maybe a nice solid class distinction will help, hmm?