As Pence recently wrote, Indiana’s previous standards, which Kurtz praises as “superb,” included requirements for Algebra I, Algebra II, and geometry, whereas the new standards include trigonometry, finite math, probability and statistics, pre-calculus, and calculus. Victor Lechtenberg, senior adviser to Purdue University’s president, has said that the new standards, “for the first time, include learning outcomes and expectations for high level mathematics courses that prepare students for engineering and other careers that require a deep knowledge and understanding in mathematics.”
I’m guessing that no more that twenty percent of college bound students will need or ever use “trigonemety, finite math, probability and statistcs, pre-calculus and calculus.”
Especially in the barista economy many of them are bound for.
Lay off, engineering readers – I know you need it. But you’re something like two percent of the population.
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