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[Susan notes:

This letter speaks the truth no one will mention: math isn't for everyone. Neither is writing essay, deconstructing Shakespeare sonnets, or whatever. The question is if we are willing to let the corporate-politico alliance deny high school diplomas on the basis of algebra-geometry-sonnet proficiency.]

Published in New York Times
07/08/2003

To the editor



Let me suggest a forbidden thought: Some perhaps many people are not smart enough, or interested enough, to solve hard problems that demand the use of algebra and geometry. No amount of "educational reform" can change this. Expecting everyone to meet standards previously reserved for an academic elite is daft, and will inevitably lead to frustration, the "dumbing down" of standards and an attack on the very idea of merit.



New York should return to the old, tiered system of high school diplomas.

Amy L. Wax


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