# College Math Teaching

## July 30, 2012

### Good writing is difficult! So let’s drop writing requirements from the curriculum….

Filed under: basic algebra, editorial, elementary mathematics — collegemathteaching @ 8:02 pm

Ok, no one I know is advocating for this. But when it comes to basic algebra (the “solve for x” $x^2 + 8x + 12 = 0$ kind of algebra), well:

A TYPICAL American school day finds some six million high school students and two million college freshmen struggling with algebra. In both high school and college, all too many students are expected to fail. Why do we subject American students to this ordeal? I’ve found myself moving toward the strong view that we shouldn’t.

Go ahead and read the rest of the article; it is full of the usual “well people aren’t going to use the quadratic formula in real life”, blah, blah, blah.