Algebra not necessary

 

Gov. Scott should not sign the bill to revamp high-school graduation requirements. He should send it back to lawmakers to reconsider the requirement that students seeking the diploma that prepares them to enter the workforce will have to pass an end-of-course exam in algebra.

A definitive analysis by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce forecasts that in the decade ahead “a mere 5 percent of entry-level workers will need to be proficient in algebra or above.” Furthermore, algebra has been cited as the major academic reason for students not finishing high school.

I’m 80 years old with a doctorate and still haven’t figured out why I needed to know x + y = z.

Adolphus Spain, Miami Beach

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