Students who take three years of high school math often forget what they’ve learned by college and end up in remedial classes. So more high schools are requiring seniors to take a math class — but not necessarily trig, precalculus or calculus, reports Education Week.
The most popular emerging courses include statistics and discrete math . . . as well as classes in quantitative reasoning, math modeling, and math in business and finance.
The academic demands of those courses vary. Many target students who have completed Algebra 2, but who do not want to take precalculus or fear they would find it too much of a strain. Some are being drawn up for elite students who have flown through all the math classes available to them.
Many students are surprised to discover that math can be useful in real life. It’s not just designed by sadistic adults to torture teenagers.