Algebraic reasoning

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While passing through the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, I happened to pick up the Wednesday Star-Telegram. I was stunned to see a letter from a former “educator” questioning the value of the teaching of algebra.

Apparently, in no part of his education was the value of logic stressed. I would submit that among the values of algebra is to teach the student how to organize an approach to a problem and then systematically come to a solution.

Yes, there are some “canned” approaches to problem solving within the algebraic process (which I would occasionally use during my carreer in engineering), but knowing how to approach a problem was critical to my limited success.

— Daniel W. Slanker,

Huber Heights, Ohio

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