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Is algebra an unnecessary stumbling block in US schools?

5 years 6 months 1 day ago Sunday, March 27 2016 Mar 27, 2016 March 27, 2016 2:02 PM March 27, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

NEW YORK - Who needs algebra? Most U.S. educators would say everyone does.

But political scientist Andrew Hacker offers an opposing view in a provocative new book, arguing algebra has become an unnecessary roadblock that forces millions of students to drop out of high school or college.

Opponents say math just needs to be taught better, though some support changes to the curriculum, especially at the community college level, where as many as 80 percent of students test into remedial math and most don't pass it.

Faced with low passing rates in remedial algebra, some community colleges are offering alternative math tracks that focus on statistics or basic quantitative skills.

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