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Advanced math should NOT be taught in schools

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/14/2012 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Bingo100

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I definitely agree that children should be able to add, subtact, multiply, divide, and have basic problem solving skills. What I DON'T agree with is the teaching of all levels of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. A great deal of the topics covered in those classes are not applicable to real life. Think of the last time you used the Quadratic Formula...you probably haven't used that since your Junior year of high school. The things being taught are completely irrelevant and a waste of time. I really don't see any other position on this topic, despite the fact that I am normally open-minded. I'm irritated by the fact that these types of mathematics are being taught because I feel as though students could benefit much more from a class that the students can take into the real world with them, such as more accounting/financing/money managment classes. Obviously one should have the mathematical abilities to balance their checkbook and to pay their bills, but graphing inverse functions and finding the area of a circle are completely unnecessary to survive in the "adult" world. I also think schools should insert more life skills classes into the curriculum. I believe those skills classes should range from something simple like learning first aid, how to cook a meal at home instead of going to McDonalds, and childcare, to more advanced things such as how to fix something that is malfunctioning on a car, how to jump start the car, or even vocational classes such a woodshop and metal working. I truly believe any of the classes that I have just listed would be time better spent than teaching complicated math.
1dustpelt

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Debate Round No. 1
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Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Zaradi 4 years ago
Zaradi
So you're one of those people who would make it mandatory for people to take a home ec class....
Ew.
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