- How much math do you really need in everyday life?
In the article, the author argues that we have been sold on the need for math to lead a successful life.
A lot of effort and money has been spent to make mathematics seem essential to everybody's daily life. There are even calculus textbooks showing how to calculate -- I am not making this up and in fact I taught from such a book -- the rate at which the fluid level in a martini glass will go down, assuming, of course, that one sips differentiably. Elementary math books have to be stuffed with such contrived applications; otherwise they won't be published.
What do you think about how much math is necessary for success in everyday life? Should all students be required to meet standard in algebra and geometry to graduate from a Washington high school?