Algebra is necessary, says Gettysburg College math prof to New York Times

Darren GlassAn op-ed published in the New York Times’ Sunday Review on July 28 examined and defended the elimination of algebra from curriculums across the nation.

The op-ed was written by Andrew Hacker, emeritus professor of political science at Queens College, City University of New York, who believes making mathematics mandatory prevents us from discovering and developing young talent.

“My aim is not to spare students from a difficult subject,” Hacker said, “but to call attention to the real problems we are causing by misdirecting precious resources.”

Darren Glass, chair of the Mathematics Department at Gettysburg College, begs to differ.

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