Virginia is cutting math classes to boost lottery ticket sales, reports the Watley Review. The state lottery provides more than $375 million in education funds.
Current math requirements will be eliminated from high school in a bid to bring the overall level of math competency down to a point where purchasing lottery tickets would seem more attractive.
“Math skills are problematic,” said Virginia Lottery Director Penelope Kyle. “Obviously, the ability of our population to understand the odds of winning and effectively manage their personal spending hinders the sale of lottery tickets. The recent Math and Science Partnership Grants won by Virginia school districts highlighted the need for us to take action.”
Beginning in September 2004, the Virginia school system will replace all math classes from pre-algebra to calculus with a new series called “American Counting,” which will focus on providing students with “holistic estimation” techniques and examples of the things they could purchase if they happened to suddenly come into a lot of money.
The Watley Review is a humor site, so this probably isn’t true. Thanks to Cris Simpson for the link.