Sunday, May 10, 2015

Don't require advanced algebra for college admission

Published in the Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2015, with heading “LAUSD's college-prep curriculum: Does it help or hurt?”

Re: "Do we need college prep?" May 10

I am a "good math learner." I was an enthusiastic student in AP calculus in high school and I use advanced algebra and statistics in my work a great deal.  But the Times statement, "Not everybody needs advanced algebra," is correct.

Research by Michael Handel, reported in The Atlantic in 2013, shows that only about 9% of all jobs demand any algebra beyond the first year.

Advanced math should be offered in high school, but it should not be required for college admission. Those who later discover a need or desire for it are free to study advanced algebra any time in their lives.

Stephen Krashen


original editorial: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-college-prep-20150510-story.html
This letter: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-le-0512-tuesday-math-college-prep-20150512-story.html

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