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What most schools and teachers don't understand is that if their students hate a subject, they are probably not going to want a job based on that subject. Sure, the student should learn it, but if they know they hate math, they shouldn't be forced into calculus and trigonometry. amirite?

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I think it'd be a good compromise to maybe require a certain amount of math credits and theb offer various classes, some that are easier than others. That way, if you're good at math and the harder courses will help you in the future, you can take those and if not, you could do something easier that could potentially be useful.

I agree with half of what OP said; children should not have to take calculus if it won't be useful to them later in life. But I do think that everyone should take trig (in Canada, trig is part of our math curriculum and I have found that I actually use it in real life).

I've never seen ANYONE be forced to take calculus. In my high school, kids can get away with just taking algebra 1. what if i hate school? should i not have to go?

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@I've never seen ANYONE be forced to take calculus. In my high school, kids can get away with just taking algebra 1...

Really? In my school, you have to have four math credits. It's algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, and either pre-calc or trig.

@I've never seen ANYONE be forced to take calculus. In my high school, kids can get away with just taking algebra 1...

My high school is a special case... you couldn't get in unless you'd already taken Alg 1. All the other schools in the area offered Alg 1 as a 9th grade class. Still, Anonymous had never seen anyone be forced to take Calc, so I felt like speaking up.

@I've never seen ANYONE be forced to take calculus. In my high school, kids can get away with just taking algebra 1...

im in 7th grade and im taking algebra 1 , so do i still hafta take math all 4 yrs in high school? i wouldnt mind cuz i like math, but i'd much rather have a free period or another elective...

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Students shouldn't be forced to take any class they don't want to take, but not for your reason. If a kid wants to fail life and be regarded as incompetent by everyone he meets, let him fail. There's no need to waste resources teaching someone who has no interest in learning.

@LamWin Students shouldn't be forced to take any class they don't want to take, but not for your reason. If a kid wants to...

No, that's not a good way at all. Just because a child goes through a rough patch early in their life doesn't mean that they're useless. What about divorce? If a child's parents go through a divorce when they're young, they're at a disadvantage that some other kids aren't at.
You can't just give up when things are looking rough... That's one of the only good things about school.

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