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From: RealityChecker <me@comcast,.net>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2007090401:34:15
Subject: Re: algebra why?

1. To justify the expense of the university's math department. 

2. So the professors in that department can keep their university
jobs. None of them has ever had a job in actual industry, and the
university has already granted them tenure.

3. Because no one except math and engineering majors would ever take
algebra or any other higher math, unless the current system of
"forcing" remains in place. 

4. Requiring college algebra or other higher maths for every degree,
no matter how unrelated, is the most efficient and expedient way to
weed out the most students.  You see, universities funded by public
moneys can't afford to educate everyone who truly desires and/or needs
a higher education. 

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