Many of you are probably familiar with the recent op ed piece in the New York Times, Is Algebra Necessary? In this piece Dr. Andrew Hacker, emeritus professor of political science at Queens College, CUNY, argues that all students do not need to take algebra to be productive members of society.
This article has generated a great deal of controversy (probably what he intended in the first place).
- Andrew Hacker, CUNY Professor, Questions Whether Algebra Is Necessary In Schools, Huffington Post
- Why Algebra is Necessary: Rebutting Andrew Hacker, Hemant Mehta
- Why Algebra Matters (and Why Andrew Hacker is Off-Target), Dropout Nation
- Andrew Hacker on the Supposed Superfluousness of Algebra, Samir Chopra
- Times Op-Ed Scribe Andrew Hacker Remains Staunch Opponent to Mandatory Math, Finds Reaction By ‘Math People’ To Be Typical, New York Observer
- In Defense of Algebra and Other Difficult Subjects, Judy Bolton-Fasman
The Diane Rehm Show hosted Dr. Hacker and several other panelists on August 29. You can listen to the show by clicking on the Listen link in the upper left of the page.
Where do you fall in this debate?