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.
In 1997, when influential annual hacking conference Black Hat was founded, the average person could be excused for not paying attention to what was happening in the hacker underground. But today it's time for everyone to learn about hacking threats.
When I first posted a link to my new book's Amazon page on 4chan, the first response was, "Kindly kill yourself immediately." The discussion descended into unprintable threats and accusations from there.
When we heard that P.J. Crowley had resigned as spokesman for the State Department after criticizing the Pentagon's treatment of suspected whistleblower Army private Bradley Manning, my CODEPINK colleagues and I knew we had to respond.