teaching / math / culture - My Response to the NYT Editorial on Algebra


Ilana Horn's critique of the NYT "Is Algebra Necessary?" includes this reasoning about inequity should algebra not be required: "Hacker’s proposal for Citizen Statistics, another attempt to make a curricular ghetto (remember Consumer Math anyone?), shows his naivete about our schools. He insists that he is not trying to make a vocational track yet such a class would inevitably be remedial. Hacker imagines this class as demographically balanced, democratically filled with children based on interest and ability, representing students from across racial and socioeconomic spectra. In truth, parents who have the resources and time to pursue academic and professional aspirations for their children would continue to make sure they were placed in a 'true' college preparatory curriculum, leading to even greater inequities in our system."