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    The Same Typical Question

    A friend asked: Why are we taught math topics that are not going to be useful in real-life? Why do we have to learn Algebra 2, for example, when there hands-on skills that lead to jobs without knowing how to graph a rational function, solve for x, or later on in calculus 1, take the derivative of f(x)? It's the same common, lazy question typically asked by people searching for an easy way out of school. How do you reply to someone asking this silly question? I think math helps in terms of paying attention to detail, a skill most people lack. I think the main culprit is laziness. What do you say?
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    Re: The Same Typical Question

    Yes, there are jobs that require no use of algebra at all. And there are many jobs that require quite a lot. Are you going to ask a 12 or 13 year old to decide what kind of job they are going to have? I have very little reason to use, in my work, what I learned in History or Geography but I am not at all annoyed that I had to learn them. The purpose of school is to turn out educated people, not just people who are prepared for a specific job.

    (Oddly enough, the "trade schools", which do prepare people for specific jobs, require quite a lot of mathematics. But not history or geography.)
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    Re: The Same Typical Question

    As a person who loves math, I hate when people ask me this question. Why must I learn algebra?
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