FROM THE 1980s: What Should Not Be in the Algebra and Geometry Curricula of Average College-Bound Students?

  • FROM THE 1980s: What Should Not Be in the Algebra and Geometry Curricula of Average College-Bound Students?

    Zalman Usiskin
    In this September 1980 article the author argues that curriculum is overcrowded and some topics should be deleted or replaced by more modern ones. He proposes for deletion several topics from algebra and geometry based on pragmatic criteria of whether the topic has real life application clearly understood by student and whether it is used in later courses. The author suggests removing word problems from algebra and some proof from geometry asserting among other that "A computer program is much like a proof".