28.7.09

HIGHER EDUCATION OUGHT TO BE HIGHER. A student newspaper columnist doesn't like remedial math.
Yet, the real racket is math. Yes, I failed the placement exam and am in Math 70 this summer. I realize that math is important, but looking in my book at the chapters ahead I realized that Math 70 is sufficient for college students and anything beyond this is just nonsense and a waste of money for students not majoring in the sciences, economics or engineering.
It gets better.
Math 70 is enough for most college graduates to know when entering the professional world. What good would imaginary numbers do for an English major searching out teaching positions?
I dare you to include science fiction in your lesson plans without grasping the implications of

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King Banaian spells out what matters.
To be considered a college-educated student, college algebra is as basic to your education as English, philosophy or physical education. (And we could have a discussion about PE, if you like, but I'd defend it.) Math 70 is our remedial class called Basic Mathematical Skills. The placement exam this student failed was the one that makes it possible for you to take a finite math course that is our university's math requirement. That's right, we don't require the algebra here at SCSU. (It is now required of our majors, after many years of debate, even though a plurality of undergrad economics programs require some level of calculus.)
In my ideal world, calculus would be a requirement of all majors, starting with area studies and elementary education.

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