Algebra is one of the biggest hurdles to getting a high school or college degree — particularly for students of color and first-generation undergrads.Our daughter had to take it in high school. No one's idea of a good student, she was able to pass it. What's up here? It reminds me of the stats from Baltimore where 4 high schools didn't have a single person competent at reading or math.
It is also the single most failed course in community colleges across the country. So if you're not a STEM major (science, technology, engineering, math), why even study algebra?
That's the argument Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California community college system, made today in an interview with NPR's Robert Siegel.
I guess the solution is to stop expecting literacy and basic math skills.
|Maybe we could replace algebra with fire-starting.|
Nah. Too hard.