The Ethics of Required Algebra: Need to Know (Why require algebra in the…
The Ethics of Required Algebra: Need to Know
How effective is requiring algebra to producing more scientists and engineers?
Why do we want more STEM people in the first place?
Are there jobs for all of them?
What effect does academically valuing STEM over the arts/humanities have on students, especially students who are not interested in STEM?
Does the hyper-focus on STEM make student lose or gain interest?
Are we autonomous in regards to what interests us?
If not, how does culture effect our academic interests, and to what extent?
Are there alternative ways to teach algebra which better encourage students to be interested in STEM?
To what extent is it education's role to produce a skilled workforce?
What other roles should education fulfill, and how does the teaching of algebra intersect with those goals?
Are STEM people born or are STEM people made?
If STEM people are made, then does requiring algebra increase or decrease the proportion of people going into STEM?
Are we teaching algebra in the best way we can? What other alternate teaching method are available?
Do people in STEM fields need algebra in the first place? Which fields specifically?
Can we teach algebra in such a way that student make the connection between their interest in STEM and algebra?
Why require algebra in the first place?
What's the history behind the algebra requirement
Does taking algebra make you more "well-rounded"?
Do other courses have similar effects? Do we require those classes?
If we didn't require it, who would take algebra?
Must we sacrifice academic autonomy in the name of intellectual development?
If we allowed student to act autonomously, would they make choices that negatively affected their development?
Does take algebra improve student's discipline or work ethic?
Do other, not required classes, have a similar effect?
Where is the line between desirable difficulty and soul-crushing impossibility?
Does algebra improve student's quantitative literacy?
Do other courses also improve quantitative literacy to a similar extent?
Do other countries require students to take algebra?
What are the differences between those country's outcomes and the US's outcomes?
What are the downsides to requiring algebra?
What effect does an early algebra requirement have on dropout rates?
Does requiring algebra take substantial time or resources away from student trying to pursue other non-required interests?
When students associate math with failure, what effects does that have on how they view themselves as learners?
If requiring algebra an effective affirmative action?
What constitutes effective affirmative action?
Why are minority students less likely to take higher-level math courses in the first place?
Should our focus be on middle/high school education, or on early childhood education?