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Indiana’s New Standards: Better than the Old Ones, Better than the Common Core | National Review Online

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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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Okay, I’m Calling Hooey On This — 10 Comments

  1. With the exception of “probability and statistics”* I doubt even 20% will ever use it.

    OTOH, I would make it a requirement to get any degree from a university…

    *business school

  2. I think everyone needs a general understanding of probability and statistics if only because it makes it easier to figure out how the liars and propagandists in the ruling class are trying to put things over on the rest of us.

    Then again, the “their lips are moving” heuristic works pretty well there.

    • Probability theory only works if you can distinguish between what is truth and what is a lie.

      That’s been made deliberately as difficult as possible. Rather than probability, I’d like to see college students required to study basic logic and economics.

      In fact, the national discourse would be vastly improved if every freshman was required to pass a course covering just the logical fallacies, and why they are fallacious.