I was quite excited a few weeks ago when I was asked by one of my kids to help with her Algebra homework. As I boldly and confidently approached the table where she was seated, I recalled the last time I took on an equation. It was high school I believe, when I was forced to take the class myself.
Several minutes into the work, I opted for the most logical solution; I gave my daughter a good talking to about keeping up with her classwork.
Surely I have used Algebra at some point in my life- after all these years I must have found a use for it and a reason to use it. Sure, I suppose we use it when we pump gas, by figuring out how many gallons we can get for a certain amount of money. Maybe we accidently use it in other ways too, but as I found out on this day, algebra is useless to the average person.
Even if I was going to attempt to use algebra for a few days ( like if I lost a bet or something )I would have to jump right on Lumosity to get some practice memorizing things, so I could remember how Algebra works. I think what I am trying to get at here, is that a very small percent of students will attend Harvard, or be using it in their careers. I think algebra is another roadblock for kids to make it through an already tough curriculum. They don’t need to solve for x. They need a reason to stay in school, not another one to drop out. Lets keep the relevant learning coming, and initiate some school to work efforts before middle school is as far as kids make it anymore.