Why Learn Algebra? I'm Never Likely to Go There.
July 10, 2008 12:27 PM Subscribe
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EducationFilter: California becomes the first state
to mandate all 8th graders take Algebra; in part because U.S. students constantly trail
their peers from other nations in mathematics. At least one person thinks it's a bad idea
("If only 25 percent of this nation ever earns a college degree, why insist that all children take algebra in eighth grade?"). Here's
the algebra curriculum 8th graders will have to learn.
Here's a more in-depth story on it from the L.A. Times
This post's title is a paraphrased quote from comedian Billy Connolly: "I don't know why I should have to learn Algebra. I'm never likely to go there."