I have learned discipline and the importance of linear, organized thinking. I have learned patience, diligence and shockingly, I have learned that I am good at math.
She wants to set a good example for her son, who might want to be an engineer.
Everyone should learn basic algebra by 12th grade, but most students don’t need advanced math, argues Justin Baeder in On Performance. “We should teach less advanced math, teach it better, and eliminate the absurd math requirements that block access to higher education for millions of students.”
Arizona is requiring four years of math — algebra, geometry, advanced algebra and a year of “significant” math — starting with the class of 2013. Schools are offering pre-calculus, financial algebra, trigonometry and statistics as fourth-year math classes.