Why can’t our students achieveintroductoryalgebra?
This presentation speciﬁcally addresses only introductory alge-bra, which refers roughly to what is called
in the usualcurriculum. Its main focus is on all students’ access to the trulybasic part of algebra that an average citizen needs in the high-tech age. The content of the traditional Algebra II course ison the whole more technical and is designed for future STEMstudents.In place of Algebra II, future non-STEM would beneﬁt morefrom a mathematics-culture course devoted, for example, to anunderstanding of probability and data, recently solved famousproblems in mathematics, and history of mathematics.