Does Algebra Help You Think Better? The main concern that I have with the idea that algebra should be elective is that students who are not initially ‘good’ at algebra may be dropped from the course, when all they may need is more help or an alternate teaching approach. Also, how many students won’t even bother trying? How many students won’t even consider STEM careers and will close themselves off to the possibility before they even have a shot because they’re “not smart enough” or “they won’t use it in the future.”?


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