It’s quite bold what John Bennett is saying in the video above. He discusses how his teaching strategies have changed over the years, which have led him to the conclusion that math should not be a required subject past middle school. In my opinion, he’s right… and that’s coming from someone who loves math! I just don’t think it’s necessary to force kids to learn things that aren’t useful.
My oldest daughter completed Algebra II in the tenth grade. That was more than satisfactory for me, however my step-sister, a high school math teacher, really believes my daughter should continue taking higher math classes, even though my daughter has no interest in any fields which require higher level math.
I believe the important thing is that children learn the basic skills everyone needs as an adult, and that they learn reasoning and critical thinking skills. These skills can be learned in early math classes, games and through programs like Math Vocabulary Adventure and other researched based programs that teach students to become effective thinkers.
What is the highest level of math that you expect your children to complete?