An emeritus political science professor at taxpayer-funded Queens College in New York City has a new book hot off the presses arguing that requiring American students to pass a course in basic algebra as a graduation requirement is a cruel deterrent that causes millions of students to drop out of high school.
The professor is Andrew Hacker, reports the Associated Press.
Hacker’s book is entitled “The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions.”
“One out of 5 young Americans does not graduate from high school. This is one of the worst records in the developed world. Why? The chief academic reason is they failed ninth-grade algebra,” Hacker told the Associated Press.
The professor also claims that a measly 5 percent of all occupations — and perhaps less — require algebra or any other sort of advanced math.