An emeritus political science professor at taxpayer-funded Queens College in New York City has a new book arguing that requiring American students to pass a course in basic algebra as a graduation requirement is a cruel deterrent that causes millions of students to drop out of high school.
The professor also claims that a measly 5 percent of all occupations, or less, require algebra or any other sort of advanced math.
Instead of learning how to solve rudimentary equations, Hacker argues, American high schoolers should be presented with a math curriculum concentrating on statistics and number sense. (Number sense is an en-vogue academic buzzword for the ability to estimate and compare numbers.)
While they are at it why not just hand out diplomas without even requiring students to attend classes?