Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. Instead, let's ensure that all students master algebraic thinking and problem-solving, the essence of algebra, regardless of their eventual career goals.
Our myopic focus on standardized testing has taken our eyes off the real goal of education which, put simply, is to prepare students to succeed in the world they will face upon completing their education.
"Waiting for 'Superman' " will be nominated for an Oscar, and I won't be at all surprised if it wins. I certainly hope it does, for in my humble opinion, it is without a doubt the most important film of the year.