In a recent op ed column in the New York Times - "Is Algebra Necessary?" - Andrew Hacker argues against making algebra a required course for high schoolers to complete for graduation.
Algebra, as many of us will recall with varying degrees of pain or pleasure, is that branch of “pure mathematics” that often has one manipulate variables, solve for x, solve for x, and graph equations.
As a staple of education in modern Western and Eastern nations, Hacker’s claim should strike us as little less than shocking. But why would a well-educated CUNY prof make such a claim?
X reasons are discernible in Hacker’s piece...