Is algebra necessary? Part III

This continues an earlier post and another post, Is algebra necessary? Yes, algebra is necessary.

Jennifer Ouellette writes in her post on Scientific American blogs, Make Us Do the Math:

Well, I’m a former math phobe. I hated algebra, and avoided all advanced math and science until well into my 20s. But I’m standing in solidarity with the fusty old scientific establishment on this one. […]

[T]here is a deeper, uglier under-current to Hacker’s article. What he’s really saying is that we should know our place in society, accept that we’re just not smart enough and don’t need to worry our pretty little heads anymore about anything that might interfere with our enjoyment of American Idol. It’s not like we were ever going to amount to much anyway, amirite? As journalist/science fan Jesse Emspak observed on Twitter: “The argument isn’t about math. It’s really about whether anyone but the privileged should be educated.”

Read the full post at the Scientific American.

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