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[Susan notes: Three cheers for the Los Angeles Times editorial for being right. Three more cheers for Stephen Krashen publicly 'noticing' this.]

Published in :Los Angeles Times
05/12/2015

To the editor


Re: L.A. Unified needs to do its homework on college-prep standards

I am a "good math learner." I was an enthusiastic student in AP calculus in high school and I use advanced algebra and statistics in my work a great deal. But the Times statement, "Not everybody needs advanced algebra," is correct.

Research by Michael Handel, reported in The Atlantic in 2013, shows that only about 9% of all jobs demand any algebra beyond the first year.

Advanced math should be offered in high school, but it should not required for college admission. Those who later discover a need or desire for it are free to study advanced algebra any time in their lives.

Stephen Krashen


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