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Who Cares About Algebra?

I have been teaching in the classroom for more than ten years now. I have taught Algebra I, 7 out of those 10 years. Why do they call Algebra One the gatekeeper? Why does this subject give students so many problems? What most people do not know is that Algebra as a classroom subject is fairly young in age. Algebra as an area of mathematics, started back in the 1700's. The origin of Algebra can be dated back to the Babylonians who developed a method to solve mathematical problems using some sort of algorithm. They used these algorithms to solve many types of equations and systems. Other societies at this time such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese used geometrical methods to solve these same problems. I personally believe that current Algebra classes emphasize too much on the algorithm versus looking at why the algorithm works as well as looking at other methods of solving problems that the early Egyptians and Greeks used. These "ancient" methods of solving... read more

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