I was amazed when reading Joe Holmes’ Wednesday letter, “Algebra not needed.” Algebra is probably the most useful math of all. I use it and have used it many times.
I was not a math major in college, nor am I employed as a mathematician.Algebra helps to solve for the unknown. Most people in life have to solve for the unknown.
I use it at work from time to time and at home when working on projects and with financial issues.
I have helped many junior high and high school kids, as well as adults going back to school, who are struggling with algebra. I try to show them its practical applications.
It is not just memorizing a bunch of formulas. I try to encourage students in algebra and let them know that algebra is probably the most useful math you will ever learn.
To eliminate the algebra II requirement in our schools will leave people even less prepared for life and work, not to mention to compete in a world marketplace.
Joe Holmes, what kind of educator were you?
No one you know/knew has ever figured a budget, gone shopping or constructed a bookshelf even?
Everybody you know, including yourself, has never been on time for anything; had to schedule events or trips; never figured out how long it takes to get to grandma’s house?
If you do anything that considers time, materials and/or money, you use algebra. Ninety-nine percent of people do it every day.