When math goes into things like calculus or algebra or imaginary numbers and etc., should we replace it with less useless information that people (students) actually care about? While I was having to find the x in a math problem I started thing about what the internet has told me about basic metaphysics and stuff like that as an example. Or "why does x have to be found?" Philosophy would be a new subject. Instead of math for 12 years straight, it should only last around 7.
Math is an essential part of everyday life. On what terms can philosophy replace math? What is the comparison? Math is essential and compulsory, while philosophy is about abstract ideas. Philosophy isn't needed for intense fields like engineering. What on earth do you expect to do if you can't handle math?
We all use math everyday, to tell time, to handle money. Math is more than formula's and equation's, its logic, its rationality.
People use algebra in their daily lives when they make decisions about health, fitness, financial and money matters and when cooking. For example:
A group of 5 goes to the theatre. The cost of ticket and popcorn is $55 and $25 respectively. What is cost per person?
Or, People who cook, use simple algebraic expressions to adjust the ingredients in a dish depending on the number of servings desired.
Calculus is the study of change. Even if you never use calculus in your career, it changes how you think about the world and solve problems. For example:
calculating minimum payments due on credit cards, determining the length of cable required to connect two substations.
Exposure to basic mathematical concepts is always beneficial to everyone.
While I believe Philosophy is important and should be teach I think it would be irresponsible to replace math by it.