Opinion: Algebra isn’t necessary and STEM is overrated


Whenever I meet anyone who wants to talk about education, I immediately ask them to tell me the quadratic equation. Almost no one ever can. (Even the former chairman of the College Board doesn’t know it), says Roger C. Schank, a cognitive scientist, artificial intelligence theorist, and education reformer, for the Washington Post. Yet, we all seem to believe that everyone must learn algebra. Why this religious zeal over algebra?
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