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Should We Stop Teaching Calculus in High School?

Math education needs a reboot. Kids today are growing up into a world awash in data, and they need new skills to make sense of it all.

Steven Salzburg, writing for Forbes, argued that algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus no longer serve the needs of the 21st century.

He suggested that computer science and statistics should take precedence, yet noted that most high schools don’t offer these courses, or offer them only as electives.

"With computers controlling so much of their lives, from their phones to their cars to the online existence, we ought to teach our kids what’s going on under the hood," Salzburg said. He added that "with data science emerging as one of the hottest new scientific areas, a basic understanding of statistics will provide the foundation for a wide range of 21st century career paths."

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Article by Celine Provini, EducationWorld Editor

Should statistics and computer science, instead of calculus, be required in high school?

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