Debate Over Advanced Math

Andrew Hacker is professor emeritus of political science at Queens College, City University of New York and he asks, "I have three coins. How much money COULD I have?" To answer this question, a student needs more than basic math skills. Andrew suggests that not all students need to learn how to answer the question. He is a proponent for teaching basic math skills or numeracy to the general student population and not require advanced mathematic, like algebra, trigonometry and calculus. Andrew's concern is that the Common Core State Standards are expecting everybody to achieve SAT levels in math. He says that many people do not graduate from high school because they cannot pass algebra and it should not be a graduation requirement because only a small portion of the population needs algebra skills. He does not support the concept that there is a skills gap in STEM. When asked about the need for more people with STEM skills, Andrew agrees that more people are needed who know how to code, and further states that we're producing all the engineers we need.<

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