We have an algebra problem – and it’s not with those two trains leaving the station

Algebra. For many, the word causes heart palpitations at the thought of letters mixed with numbers. To others, algebra is the gateway to higher mathematical pursuits.

Statistics show algebra to be the most common stumbling block for high school and college students. It should come as no surprise, then, that administrators tasked with raising graduation rates while reducing expenses would question why algebra is necessary for everyone.