In response to a Tennessee proposal to requires four years of math for graduation, an algebra teacher writes that not everybody can learn algebra or needs to know.
It was totally crazy to ever require algebra — let alone the geometry all must now take. When will the out of touch realize that some are left brained and most are right brained?
… Here is an algebra problem that any Algebra I student will be taught. Factor 8Xsquared -95X -96 I will bet that very few of your staff or even the state school board could do it.
I do not know anyone who has ever factored anything outside of a classroom. Have you ever rationalized a denominator?
Why is this man a math teacher?
I’ve come to realize that probably one reason I struggled with algebra, geometry et.al., was that it seemed to me that these were basically reactionary academic disciplines, useful for designing weaponry or potentially repressive computer technology, but not with any obvious humanistic or social positive uses.
If I’m wrong about this, I’d appreciate it if people could show me how this discipline can have progressive uses.
I also feel this could be useful in developing better ways of teaching higher mathematics if such uses could be found.
Read it for the philosophy joke.