Of course, we could counter that not teaching Algebra is anti-Arab, since:

“The history of algebra began in ancient Egypt and Babylon, where people learned to solve linear (ax = b) and quadratic (ax2 + bx = c) equations, as well as indeterminate equations such as x2 + y2 = z2, whereby several unknowns are involved. The ancient Babylonians solved arbitrary quadratic equations by essentially the same procedures taught today. They also could solve some indeterminate equations.

The Alexandrian mathematicians Hero of Alexandria and Diophantus continued the traditions of Egypt and Babylon, but Diophantus’s book Arithmetica is on a much higher level and gives many surprising solutions to difficult indeterminate equations. This ancient knowledge of solutions of equations in turn found a home early in the Islamic world, where it was known as the “science of restoration and balancing.” (The Arabic word for restoration, al-jabru, is the root of the word algebra.) In the 9th century, the Arab mathematician al-Khwarizmi wrote one of the first Arabic algebras, a systematic exposé of the basic theory of equations, with both examples and proofs. By the end of the 9th century, the Egyptian mathematician Abu Kamil had stated and proved the basic laws and identities of algebra and solved such complicated problems as finding x, y, and z such that x + y + z = 10, x2 + y2 = z2, and xz = y2.

So clearly, not teaching Algebra is an insult to the Followers of Mohammed. And next we can expect some fatwas against the School Board.

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*Jaime Escalante*

1) Most Literate City is Washington DC:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/02/06/most-literate-city-washington/1894511/

The study, conducted by Central Connecticut State University president John Miller, isbased on datathat includesthe number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation, Internet resources and educational levels.

Miller says the study isaimed at shifting attention from school test scores on reading…

http://voices.yahoo.com/more-than-one-third-washington-dc-residents-are-256617.html

A study produced by The State Education Agency has found that36% of Washington D.C. residents are functionally illiterate. People who are functionally illiterate have some ability to read and write, but not enough to be able to fully function in everyday life. They have difficulty with crucial tasks such as filling out job applications, reading maps, understanding bus schedules, reading newspaper articles, etc.

Nationally, the rate of functional illiteracy is21%.

The Clinton Principle seems to be at work here.

*“It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘ is‘ is. If the—if he—if ‘is‘ means is and never has been, that is not—that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement”* – Bill Clinton (AKA

California No Longer Requiring Eighth Graders to Take Algebra.

Next year they don’t have to take English either, they will just be required to refine their Spanish.

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When I took Algebra, at the age of eleven, my Math teacher solved the problem of the beast by telling us that we had been misled – that, in fact, Algebra wasn’t the beast, Calculus was, and we wouldn’t be touching that for at least two years.

Worked for me.

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